- Henryk Pająk
Henryk Pająk (born 1937) is a Polish writer, journalist and publisher.
Coming from peasant family, he studied
philologyat the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. He then became professor of Polish language in a gymnasium and contributed to a farm newspaper in Lublin("Sztandar Ludu"). In 1965, he founded a poets association in 1965 called « Prom ». In 1969, he compiled Henryk Cybulski's memoirs, "Czerwone noce" ("Red nights") about Przebraże Defence, the self-defence of Poles against the Ukrainian UPA. Pająk wrote then a novel based on this subject matter, "Los" ("Fate") in 1969.
A prolific writer, Henryk Pająk wrote many novels and poems which made him famous such as "Druga śmierć" ("Second death") in 1971, "Tam, za snem" ("There, for sleep") in 1991 (received 2 literary awards) or "Wolny" ("Free") in 1992. He also headed the Lublin's section of the Polish union of writers (Związek Literatów Polskich). Under the communist regime, he was a member of the PZPR but left it during the Martial law in 1981.
After the collapse of communism, he created a book publishing company « Wydawnictwo Retro ». Since, he has written many books, such as a book about the Polish communist regime in 1997 ("Rządy zbirów 1940-1990" ["Governments of criminals"] ), written with
Stanisław Żochowski(one of the NSZ confunders), or a biography of Józef Piłsudski("Ponura prawda o Piłsudskim" ["Gloomy truth about Piłsudski"] , in 2005). He also wrote a well-documented inquiry on the former communist secret police — the UB-SB — in 3 volumes (1993-94). Following the publication of this book, he was called to testify for the new intelligence agency UOP.
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