Jerzy Turonek

Jerzy Turonek (Belarusian: Юры Туронак, romanizedJury Turonak;[1] 26 April 1929 – 2 January 2019) was a Polish-Belarusian historian. He was born in Dukszty into the family of West Belarusian political activist Bronisław Turonek in the Second Polish Republic's Wilno Voivodeship.

Jerzy Turonek
Юры Туронак
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Turonek at the Warsaw Collegium Civitas at the age of 81, June 2010
Born(1929-04-26)26 April 1929
Died2 January 2019(2019-01-02) (aged 89)
NationalityPolish (Belarusian minority in Poland)
Known forStudies of history of Belarus in the early 20th century and during the Second World War
AwardsRibbon-BNR 100 Jubilee Medal.png Belarusian Democratic Republic 100th Jubilee Medal (2018)


After World War II, Turonek graduated from the Higher School for Planning and Statistics in Warsaw in 1952, and later worked for the Polish foreign trade chamber where he was analysing the international chemicals market and worked at the European economic commission in Geneva.

In the early 1960s, Turonek began researching the Belarusian national movement of the early 20th century, Polish-Belarusian relations in the 20th century, and the history of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1986, he became a Doctor of History. Turonek is the author of monograph Białoruś pod okupacją niemiecką (Belarus under the German occupation) published in 1993 by Książka i Wiedza.[2] Copies of his monograph shipped to Belarus for distribution were confiscated by the KGB, the Belarusian security service.[3]


  • Białoruś pod okupacją niemiecką (Belarus under German occupation, Warsaw, 1993),
  • Wacław Iwanowski i odrodzenie Białorusi (Vacłaŭ Ivanoŭski and the renaissance of Belarus, Warsaw, 1992),
  • Książka białoruska w II Rzeczypospolitej 1921-1939 (Belarusian book publishing in the Second Polish Republic, Warsaw, 2000),
  • Беларуская кніга пад нямецкім кантролем (1939-1944) (Belarusian book publishing under German control in 1939-1944, Minsk, 2002).
  • Людзі СБМ (People GMS, Belarusian Youth Union)[4]


  1. ^ Міхась Скобла (7 May 2007). "Юры Туронак: "Саюз беларускай моладзі я дасьледаваў чатыры гады"". Менск: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Archived from the original on 29 August 2008 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Jerzy Turonek (1993). Białoruś pod okupacją niemiecką [Belarus under the German occupation]. Warsaw: Książka i Wiedza. ISBN 8305126110.
  3. ^ Źmicier Pankawiec, Aleh Rajawiec (18 March 2007). "Вынікі ператрусу на кватэры, дзе знаходзіцца маёмасьць "Бацькаўшчыны" - канфіскаваныя гістарычныя кнігі" (in Belarusian). Nasza Niwa. Retrieved 12 June 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Вынікі ператрусу на кватэры, дзе знаходзіцца маёмасьць «Бацькаўшчыны» — канфіскаваныя гістарычныя кнігі, Наша Ніва