Bronisław Wilhelm Pieracki
|Minister of Interior of the Republic of Poland|
23 June 1931 – 15 June 1934
|Preceded by||Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski|
|Succeeded by||Leon Kozłowski|
|Born||28 May 1895|
|Died||15 June 1934 (aged 39)|
|Resting place||Cemetery in Nowy Sącz|
|Political party||Nonpartisan Bloc for Cooperation with the Government|
|Occupation||Politician, military officer|
Bronisław Wilhelm Pieracki (28 May 1895 in Gorlice - 15 June 1934 in Warsaw) was a Polish military officer and politician. As member of Polish Legions in World War I, Pieracki took part in the Polish-Ukrainian War (1918–1919) and he later supported the 1926 May Coup of Józef Piłsudski. Pieracki was a deputy to Polish Sejm from the Nonpartisan Bloc for Cooperation with the Government in 1928 and afterwards deputy of Chief of Staff.
On 15 June 1934, Pieracki was assassinated by a Ukrainian nationalist from the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. His death gave the Sanacja government an excuse to the creation of the Bereza Kartuska Detention Camp, which was established only two days after Pieracki's assassination. The first detainees consisted of almost whole leadership of the Polish nationalist far-right National Radical Camp (ONR), arrested on 6–7 July 1934.
Honours and awards
- Order of White Eagle
- Order of Polonia Restituta
- Silver Cross of the Virtuti Militari
- Cross of Valour - four times
- Gold Cross of Merit
- Order of the Cross of the Eagle Class I (Estonia, 1934)
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- (in Polish) Andrzej Misiuk Białym żelazem, Gazeta Wyborcza, 12/07/1994.
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