Curiosities

Only one women was murdered in Katyń

There was one woman among the Polish officers murdered at Katyń. She was the daughter of Gen. Dowbór-Muśnicki, who commanded the Greater Poland Uprising.

Jakub Wujek from Wągrowiec

Fr. Jakub Wujek, who produced the first Polish translation of the bible, came from Wągrowiec in Wielkopolska. He was also the first rector of the Poznań Jesuit College.

Krzysztof Arciszewski from Rogalinek

Krzysztof Arciszewski, who wrote some fascinating memoirs, was born in Rogalinek. He learned and described the customs of the Tapuja tribe, whose funeral ceremonies involved eating their deceased relatives, while serving in the Spanish army. Arciszewski's notes are the only extant records of the existence of this tribe.

One of the peaks in Australia was named by Paweł Edmund Strzelecki

Mount Adina, one of the peaks of Australia's Blue Mountains, was named by Paweł Strzelecki in honour of his beloved Aleksandryna Turno, who came from Objezierze in Wielkopolska.

Mount Adina

Mount Adina, one of the peaks of Australia's Blue Mountains, was named by Paweł Strzelecki in honour of his beloved Aleksandryna Turno, who came from Objezierze in Wielkopolska.

The first female student at Jagiellonian University

Nawojka, the first female student at Jagiellonian University (albeit disguised as a man), came from Gniezno. Shortly after her appointment as a teacher, she was exposed and eventually sent to a convent, where she ran a girls school.