Antoni Macierewicz

Antoni Macierewicz
Antoni Macierewicz

Minister of national defence


Born on August 3, 1948 in Warsaw. Deputy for the Sejm of the  I, III, IV, VI, VII, and VIII term.

Minister Macierewicz holds a master's degree of the Institute of History at the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw.

Leader of the independence resistance movement in the era of People’s Republic of Poland. Founder of the Workers' Defence Committee, which became the nucleus of the later "Solidarity". Originator of the underground magazine “Głos", one of the first independent publications in the era of Polish People's Republic. Political prisoner of this inglorious era - he was arrested over twenty times. Minister of Internal Affairs in Prime Minister Jan Olszewski’s cabinet. Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence in Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczynski’s cabinet,  Chairman of the Verification Commission on Military Information Services (WSI), founder and first head of the Military Counterintelligence Service.  Vice president of Law and Justice. Since July 2010, he has been the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for the Investigation of the Causes of the April 10, 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 Crash.  On October 25, 2015, Minister Macierewicz was reelected for a sixth term as a Member of the Sejm.

Author of two eponymous documents, which he developed by resolution of the Sejm. In the list, known as “Macierewicz’s List”, delivered names of agents who were identified in surviving records as collaborators of the communist Office of Public Security in 1945-1990. Minister Macierewicz disbanded the discredited Military Information Services (WSI), an intelligence and counterintelligence agency with strong links to Central Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. He established new entities, immune from foreign influence.

Minister Macierewicz has been on faculty at the Department of Iberian Studies of the University of Warsaw and has taught history of Poland at the Jagiellonian University. Author of numerous scholarly articles.  Minister Macierewicz is a Knight of the Order of Polonia Restituta, bestowed upon him in 1990 by the President of Poland in exile. In 2010 he was named the Man of the Year by Gazeta Polska. He inaugurated the US Rutgers University’s Council on Public and International Affairs World Leaders Forum.

He is married to Hanna Macierewicz, has one grown daughter Aleksandra and three grandchildren.

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