List of people from Suwałki

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Edward Szczepanik, Prime Minister of The Government
of the Polish Republic in Exile
Andrzej Wajda, Warsaw (Poland), April 2008

Over the centuries Suwałki has produced a number of persons who have provided unique contributions to the fields of science, language, politics, religion, sports, visual arts and performing arts. A list of recent notable persons includes, but is not limited to:

a Polish socialist politician and a General of the Polish Army.[1] Member of the Medical Faculty of the Jagiellonian University and, simultaneously, Faculty of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts.[1] Former commander of the Border Defence Corps, he was among the Polish officers murdered in the Katyń massacre.[2]
As an Officer (and eventually Major) in the Polish Army, he served with distinction in the Fifth Polish Artillery Regiment - notably in the battles of Monte Cassino, Ancona, and Bologna.[3] In 1945 he received the Cross of the Valorous, and the following year was awarded the Silver Cross of Merit with Swords.[3] He received a PhD in Economics in 1956 from the LSE.[3] On April 7, 1986 he was chosen the successor of Kazimierz Sabbat to be the next Prime Minister of the Second Polish Republic in-exile (Polish: Premierzy II Rzeczypospolitej na wychodźstwie).[4] He was awarded the title of Doctor of Economic Science – Honoris Causa in 1995 by the Warsaw School of Economics.[5]
Recipient of an honorary Oscar, he is possibly the most prominent member of the unofficial "Polish Film School" (active circa 1955 to 1963). He is known especially for a trilogy of war films: A Generation (1954), Kanał (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958). Four of his movies have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: The Promised Land (1975), The Maids of Wilko (1979), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyń (2007).[6][7]