Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana (Jan 2018)

Prymas polski Kardynał Józef Glemp w materiałach archiwum Instytutu Pamieci Narodowej

  • Zbigniew Stanuch

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Vol. 2


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Cardinal Józef Glemp became the object of interest of Security Service even he took the office of the Primate of Poland. The archival documents preserved to our times and stored in the archives of the Institute of National Remembrance show that Reverend Glemp was under surveillance and encouraged to cooperate with Security Service. For Security Service, his person was important because of his direct access to Cardinal Wyszyński. Having a secret collaborator in the immediate environment of the then Primate of Poland would be an undoubted success of the special services of the People’s Republic of Poland. However, the intentions of the Security Service officers had failed to nothing due to the inflexible attitude of the future primate. Reverend Glemp remained a faithful sone of the Catholic Church and a loyal associate of Cardinal Wyszyński. For this reason, his attitude deserves respect. This paper discusses the documents stored at the Institute of National Remembrance that illustrate, among other things, unsuccessful attempts to enlist Reverend Glemp for collaboration with Security Service and show in a general outline his visits in Western Pomerania. When writing about the archival documents, the author of this text has in mind not only different types of reports and statements but also record sheets being an important part of the Institute of National Remembrance’s archive. Examples of the scans of these record sheets are also attached to the presented paper.