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Catherine Stankiewicz von Ernst and Zygmunt Stankiewicz

Zygmunt Stankiewicz – born in Białystok, a prominent Polish sculptor and art theoretician.

In 1939 he participated in the September Campaign. Enlisted in Polish Armed Forces in the West. Interned in a military camp in Switzerland.


After the WWII decided to stay in Switzerland where he got married to a banker's daughter Catherine von Ernst of a very respected Berne family. He also became a representative (for Switzerland) of the Polish Government in London. He opened his own factory of lighting frames. In 1946 – 48 he was a head of Polish Museum in Rapperswil.


For over 50 years he has been an active entrepreneur in the fields of politics, society and culture. He was a member of various and many organisations and associations. Amongst others distinctions he was awarded the Knight's Cross, Officer's Cross and Commander's Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta. A friend of the Reverend Józef Maria Bocheński and Jerzy Giedroyc. An author of the book on theory of creation.


Initiator and founder of the biggest Polish museum abroad.


Today there are not three houses at Wiejska street, which once belonged to Stankiewicz family. Also the surroundings (the hills and springs) of the place have significantly changed.


The widow of Zygmunt Stankiewicz Calherine Stankiewicz von Ernst (also a Honorary Citizen of Białystok) lives in Muri, Switzerland.

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