In the shadow of the attempt on the life of Kutschera – a trace of great history in a small town Sobótka
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Zakład Historii Medycyny, Farmacji i Medycyny Wojskowej Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Łodzi; p.o. kierownika: dr n. farm. Marcin Możdżan
Submission date: 2017-05-10
Publication date: 2017-10-02
LW 2017;95(4):416-422
Sobótka it is a small town in the Lower Silesian Voivodship, at the foot of the mountain of Ślęża. Until 1945 was a part of Germany as Zobten. After World War II all the Lower Silesian become a part of Poland, including Sobótka (former Zobten). The new inhabitants became Poles from different parts of the country. The doctor who organized there the Polish health service was Wacław Żebrowski (1894–1946) – physician and officer of the Polish Army, head of the surgical ward of the 1st Regional Hospital in Warsaw, who participated in providing medical aid to Polish underground soldiers during the famous Operation Kutschera in 1944. He was born in Lgow, on June 6, 1894. His parents were Władysław and Maria nee Gonturb. He began his medical studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kiev, which he continued at the University of Warsaw, and his final examinations passed at Stefan Batory University in Vilnius. In 1920 he joined Polish Army, during the war with Russia he served in the Military Hospital in Zamość. In 1930s, he worked in the 1st Regional Hospital in Warsaw, where in 1936 he became the head of surgical ward. During the German occupation Żebrowski worked as a physician at the Maltese Hospital. In February 1944, he took part in providing medical aid to Polish underground soldiers injured during the famous Operation Kutschera. During the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 he was a surgeon, and worked in the hospital until the end of the Uprising. After World War II he settled in Sobótka, a small town near Wroclaw, where he participated in establishing Polish health service. Captain Wacław Żebrowski died in Sobótka on November 29, 1946.
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