Dobrzynski

DOBRZYNSKI ARCHIVE


Wacław Tadeusz Dobrzynski (1883-1962) was Polish Consul General to Ireland from 1929 to 1954. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he qualified as a Barrister and was music and drama critic for the Kiev newspaper Dziennik Kijowski until 1915 when he was called up to the Russian army. In Kharkov he witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution and later became involved, as a Minister of Plenipotentiary, in the transfer of Polish soldiers serving in the Russian army to Poland culminating with the evacuation of Odessa and march to Warsaw, 1918. His family followed to Warsaw in permanent exile
He was appointed by Prime Minister Paderewski to the Ministerwo Spraw Zagranicznych (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in 1918. He served as Chief of Personnel, Envoy to Estonia, later Envoy Extraordinary, and chief of Secret Communications until 1929 when he came to Ireland as Consul General and Minister of Plenipotentiary.
From 1931 he was Honorary Consul General and wrote articles for Kurier Warszawski and other Polish media organisations, promoted Polish-Irish trade and lectured on Polish history and current affairs. He was the main channel of information on Ireland to the Polish and Poland to the Irish until the invasion of Poland in 1939.
He was reappointed as a full Consul General in 1940 as part of the war effort by the Polish Government in London under General Sikorski. After 1945 he represented the exiled Polish Government in London until retirement in 1954.
Subsequently he was a political commentator on the Cold War for Irish newspapers until 1960.

The first three articles (in Polish) are 1909 critical essay in book form on Richard Wagner, a memoir on the pre-1914 history of Dziennik Kijowski (an article in English has an analysis of his articles), an entry on Ireland published by the Encyklopedja Nauk Politycznych, 1937 and the introduction of a book on Egypt.
There are four unpublished articles on Irish constitutional and political history (1921-49).
His book, Poland - Lights and Shadows of an Ancient Nation, Talbot Press, 3 editions, 1941-3 is based on his public lectures before and during WW2.
Finally there are selected pre-war newspaper interviews and lectures in English, pre-war newspaper articles in Polish and post-war articles for Irish newspapers that include analyses of the the perils of 'limited warfare' and the importance of European union for its fundamental political and cultural security and welfare.

He married Janina Paulina Bronislawa Ochocka (1893-1974) in Warsaw in 1920. His daughter, Krystyna (1924-2012), published his biography, An Unusual Diplomat in 1998 with the London-based Polish Cultural Foundation. She was posthumously awarded the Order Zasługi Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej in May 2016