Lt. Col. Stanisław Andrzej Bonikowski, M.D. (1913–1977) – gestapo prisoner and the first president of Garrison Military Medical Commission in Żary
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Zakład Historii Medycyny, Farmacji i Medycyny Wojskowej Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Łodzi, kierownik: p.o. dr n. farm. Marcin Możdżan
Submission date: 2016-12-19
Publication date: 2017-03-13
LW 2017;95(2):232-236
In 2017, we celebrate 40th anniversary of the death of the Lt. Col. Stanislaw Andrzej Bonikowski, military physician, the Gestapo prisoner and the first president of the Garrison Military Medical Commission in Zary. He was born in Stoczek Lukowski, on April 20, 1913. In 1939, he graduated from the Joseph Pilsudski University in Warsaw. In the years 1938–1939, he served in the Polish Army at the famous Medical Cadet School and underwent the training program in 1st Flying Squadron in Warsaw. During the occupation, he was active in the underground movement, and was arrested by the Germans in 1941. For almost three years he was imprisoned in the infamous Gestapo torture chamber at the Lublin Castle, where he worked as a physician and eliminating the epidemic of typhus among prisoners. After the liberation, he was called up to 1st Polish Army. In 1950, he became the first full‑time chairman of the Garrison Military Medical Commission in Zary. In 1957, he was transferred to the reserve, and almost to the end of his life he was a professionally active physician. He died in Olsztyn, on June 29, 1977, at the age 64.
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