Józef Cyrankiewicz was a Polish politician who served as Prime Minister (premier) of the People’s Republic of Poland between 1947 and 1952, and again between 1954 and 1970. After which he became chairman of the Council of State (effectively President of Poland) until 1972. He died in 1989.
Three random facts about Józef Cyrankiewicz:
- He was imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War.
- He married three times and was married for more than twenty years to the well-known Polish actress Nina Andrycz.
- He was the politician who signed the 1970 agreement with West Germany formally establishing Poland’s Oder-Neisse western border.
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