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Jerzy Turonek (Belarusian: Юры Туронак,[1] Jury Turonak, April 26, 1929 – January 2, 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
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 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 Belarussian security service KDB.[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: Радыё Свабода, 2008. Archived from the original on August 29, 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 (2007-03-18). "Вынікі ператрусу на кватэры, дзе знаходзіцца маёмасьць "Бацькаўшчыны" - канфіскаваныя гістарычныя кнігі" (in Belarusian). Nasza Niwa. Retrieved 2010-06-12.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Вынікі ператрусу на кватэры, дзе знаходзіцца маёмасьць «Бацькаўшчыны» — канфіскаваныя гістарычныя кнігі, Наша Ніва