Zygmunt Żytkowski


August 13, 2022

Zygmunt Żytkowski (born February 2, 1912 in Krakow, died 1969) - Polish teacher.

Curriculum vitae

In Krakow, he graduated from gymnasium and the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University, where he obtained a master's degree. During his studies or shortly afterwards, he taught at the Cadet School and was awarded the title of cadet. In 1937 he became a teacher at the Private Coeducational Gymnasium and Lyceum in Kolbuszowa, where he taught Latin, Greek and German as well as military training. In August 1939, he was drafted into the army. During the September campaign, he took part in military operations in the Kielce region. After the capitulation, he returned to Kolbuszowa. At the end of 1939, he was employed at the Kolbuszowa vocational school as a teacher of materials and commodity science. From 1940, he taught at private German language courses. From September 1941 to July 1944 he conducted secret teaching. He belonged to the Home Army. In September and October 1944 he taught at the Gymnasium and Lyceum in Kolbuszowa. He was then threatened with arrest by the UB. That year he left for Lublin, where he joined the Polish People's Army. He fought in one of the regiments of the 6th Pomeranian Infantry Division for Wał Pomorski. During the war, he was promoted to lieutenant. After demobilization in 1945, he left for Wrocław, where he worked as a teacher at the 1st High School. In 1946, he was transferred to the position of deputy director of the State Coeducational Junior High School and High School. Jan Kasprowicz in Świdnica. On September 1 of that year, he became the director of the facility, which he was until 1950. In the same year, he was transferred to the position of director of the Secondary School No. 1 in Jelenia Góra. He was until 1953, when he resigned from his post as a result of interference by the educational authorities. He died in 1969. He was buried in Bielsko-Biała.

Private life

He was the first child of Stanisław and Józefa née Plicht. He had a younger brother, Stanisław. He was married, the family had one child. He died of a throat cancer.


Secret junior high school and high school education in Kolbuszowa in 1941–1944, Public Library of the City and Commune, Kolbuszowa 1998, ISBN 83-901865-7-8.


A street in Kolbuszowa was named after him. In 2018, in the building of the 1st Secondary School of General Jan Kasprowicz in Świdnica, the Memorial Chamber of the School of director Zygmunt Żytkowski.




Zygmunt Żytkowski: Secret junior high school and high school education in Kolbuszowa in the years 1941–1944. Halina Dudzińska (introduction). Kolbuszowa: Public Library of the City and Commune, 1998, series: Varia Kolbuszowskie. ISBN 83-901865-7-8.