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Warsaw. Zbigniew Galperyn “Antek”, an insurgent from Warsaw, has died

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Zbigniew Galperyn “Antek”, a soldier of the Gray Ranks and the Home Army, a Warsaw insurgent from the “Chrobry I” Group, died at the age of 92. He was the president of the Association of Warsaw Insurgents.

The information about the insurgent’s death was provided by the Warsaw Uprising Museum. “Zbigniew Galperyn ‘Antek’, a soldier of the Gray Ranks and the Home Army, a Warsaw Insurgent from the ‘Chrobry I’ Group, president of the Warsaw Uprising Union, promoter of knowledge and memory about the Warsaw Uprising, a great friend of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, died this morning – the MPW reported on Facebook.

A soldier of the Gray Ranks, a Warsaw insurgent

During the occupation, he and his family lived in the center of Warsaw. – It was five years of occupation and the incredible brutality of the Germans towards Poles and the lands occupied by the Germans was completely different than in other countries – said Zbigniew Galperyn in an interview for the Polish Press Agency in 2018.

He started his underground service as a scout, like many other young people. – I was in the Gray Ranks, which was associated with the school, as with many people, but in 1943 I wanted to join the Home Army, the more so because (secret) training was held in our apartment. Of course, they did not want to accept me because I was too young – recalled Galperyn and added that he had managed to “convince” his commanders that he was older. – I stated that I was born a year earlier. I was young, athletic so that it did not raise any doubts and in some documents I still have that I am from 1928 (in fact from 1929) and I even have a Home Army ID card from the time of the uprising for this year of birth. Everything else – a day and a month – that was correct, he said.

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During the Warsaw Uprising, he served as one of over 400-450 soldiers in the Battalion Chrobry I. in Wola and the Old Town; he was wounded in the Simons Passage – a reduction block blocking the Germans’ access to the Old Town.

– Our generation was brought up and prepared for this fight and therefore nothing could stop the outbreak of the Uprising in the summer of 1944 – Galperyn assessed. – The ethos of the uprising is also associated with patriotism, with devotion to the homeland … Life is the most valuable, but everyone wanted to fight and gave it up in the name of the freedom of the homeland – he emphasized.

After the capitulation, he was taken prisoner by the Germans. He left Warsaw together with the wounded; reached the hospital in Milanówek.

Then he stayed in Krakow. After the war, he initially worked in a craft plant in Skolimów. In 1950, he passed his matriculation examination, then studied at the University of Warsaw. He worked as an economist, he was employed, inter alia, when rebuilding Skopje after the 1963 earthquake.

President of the Association of Warsaw Insurgents

Zbigniew Galperyn was the secretary and vice-president of the Society of Polish Town Planners. He was also involved in social and veteran activities. He was the president of the Association of Warsaw Insurgents. He was a retired lieutenant colonel of the Polish Army.

He was awarded the Cross of Valor (1944), the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2006), the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2014), the Pro Patria Medal (2012), the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2015), as well as the “Veteran of the Fight for Freedom and Independence of the Fatherland” badge. He was also honored with the Award of the Capital City of Warsaw.

Main photo source: Mateusz Marek / PAP

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