Antoni Pająk

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Antoni Pająk

Antoni Pająk (Polish pronunciation: [anˈtɔɲi ˈpajɔŋk]; July 31, 1893, Bestwina - November 25, 1965, London) was a Polish socialist (member of the Polish Socialist Party) politician, who served as Prime Minister of Poland in exile for nearly ten years (1955-1965).

From 1914 until 1917 he was a member of Polish Legions, led by Józef Piłsudski. In later years (1918-1919) he served in new Polish Armed Forces, created after independence.

He joined PPS in 1919. From 1920 until 1937 he was a member of party leadership. He also served as Sejm Member from 1928 to 1930.

In 1940 he was arrested by Soviets and imprisoned in a labour camp in Siberia. After reestablishment of Polish-Soviet relations following Germany's attack on USSR, he was released and became diplomatic representative of the exile government in Sakha Republic, and later (1943-1945) a representative to Polish Armed Forces in USSR. He was expelled in 1945 and was transported to Iran, from where he moved to Mandate Palestine and finally to London.

He became an active politician in exile. From September 10, 1955 to June 14, 1965 he was a Prime Minister in exile. He died shortly after leaving office.

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Preceded by
Hugon Hanke
Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland in Exile
Succeeded by
Aleksander Zawisza