Waclaw Korabiewicz

Wacław Korabiewicz (5 May 1903, in St. Petersburg – 15 February 1994, in Warsaw) was a Polish reporter, poet, traveler, collector of ethnographic exhibits.

Early life

He was the son of Anthony and Stephanie Korabiewicz Matusewicz. During his childhood he lived in St. Petersburg and his family's estate in Lithuania.

In the years 1927–1932 he studied medicine and ethnography at the Stefan Batory University in Vilnius. During his studies, he was co-founder and member of the Academic Club Vagabonds Vilnius (as he writes in his books, some of Czeslaw Milosz, because of high growth has been called the "mile"). Section Original Creativity (STO) at the Circle Polonists university. He made his debut in the journal Redoubt (Vilnius 1925), his poems printed in publications of poetry (including STO, Vilnius 1928, a stick in the sky, Vilnius, 1929) and magazines (e.g., "Alma Mater Vilnensis).

Career and travels

In 1930, he traveled by canoe to Turkey and Greece. After graduation, he worked as a doctor at the National Maritime Academy in Gdynia. In the years 1931–1939 he was a ship's doctor on Dar Pomerania, sharing in his voyages. In 1934 onwards, with his first wife, Janina M. Haazówną, he traveled to India. After the outbreak of World War II he was interned in Stockholm with the crew of the Dar Pomerania. Later, he worked on the ship MS Pilsudski, then lived in London, where he was a founder of Circle m in Soldier Care. Then, in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where he organized help for Polish prisoners of war. In 1942, he was a participant in the expedition into the Brazilian jungle. Since 1943, he stayed in Africa, as a delegate of the Polish Government in London, to 1946, then in Lusaka, where the arm of the Ministry of Social Welfare held the custody of Polish prisoners in the camps of Northern Rhodesia. Then, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Tanganyika). He worked as a deputy curator of the "King George Vth Memorial Museum, conducting research into folklore of the British territories in Africa and Mozambique and was also a physician of a local hospital. In 1954, after sending a number of exhibits to the Polish Museum of Folk Culture in Młociny, he was expelled from Lake Tanganyika. He lived then in London, in the years 1954 - 1956 in Ethiopia, where he worked as a doctor.

In 1958, he returned to Poland. From 1959 to 1961, the establishment of epidemiological Ghana. Then, in Warsaw. In 1963 and 1976, he forwarded to the State Museum exhibits Etnograficznemu ECR National Museum in Warsaw. He organized exhibitions devoted to their collections gathered by African art (including the exhibition "Masqual - Cross of Ethiopia", National Museum, Warsaw, 1966). He traveled widely in research to Africa and countries of the Middle East. He lived in Warsaw Natolin.


After his death, the casket containing the ashes was dumped in the Baltic Sea.


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