Czeslaw Kiszczak, Polish Communist politician, Died at 90

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Czeslaw Kiszczak was born on October 19, 1925, and died on November 5, 2015.

He was a Polish communist-era soldier and Communist politician.

A member of the PPR and later the Polish United Workers’ Party (PZPR), during the years of the Polish People’s Republic he served as a high-ranking officer of the Polish Army, a chief of secret services and Minister of Internal Affairs (MSW) between 1981 and 1990, during the years of martial law in Poland.

An associate of Wojciech Jaruzelski, he was also the last Communist Prime Minister of Poland, serving briefly in 1989.

Czeslaw was born in Roczyny (a part of Gmina Andrychów) near Bielsko-Biała in southern Poland in 1925.

From November 1945 he was a soldier in the Main Directorate of Information of the Polish Army, then Military Counter-intelligence agency.

Also from 1945 he was a member of the Polish Workers’ Party (PPR) and later PZPR.

In 1951 he was Chief of Department of Information in 18 infantry division in the city of Ełk, and in 1952 was transferred to Warsaw, where he took over position of chief of Department of Information in Directorate of Information of Military District number 1.

Later Czeslaw was moved to headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense (Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej), and become chief of General Section in Department of Finances, and one year later (1954) was a student in Academy of General Staff of the Polish Army.

In 1957 Czeslaw was moved to the newly formed Counter-intelligence agency the Military Internal Service (WSW – Wojskowa Służba Wewnętrzna).

From 1957 to 1965 he was the head of Counter-intelligence for the Navy, and in 1967 become deputy head of WSW.

Czeslaw passed away at age 90 in Warsaw on 5 October 2015.

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