Polish musicologist Elżbieta Dziębowska passed away

On April 4, Elżbieta Dziębowska — Polish musicologist, editor-in-chief of Encyklopedia Muzyczna PWM — passed away at 87 years old.

In 1943, she joined the ‘Szare Szeregi' young scouts' association. Under the alias ‘Dewajtis', she worked as the liaison. As a liaison officer of the ‘Pegaz' sabotage company, she took part in preparing and conducting the operation for the elimination of Franz Kutschera, an SS and police commander in Warsaw (Warsaw, February 1, 1944), and Wilhelm Koppe, an SS and police senior commander in the General Governorate (Cracow, July 11, 1944).

As a soldier of the ‘Parasol' Battalion, she was a liaison for the commander of the ‘Radosław' Group in the Home Army [Armia Krajowa, AK] during the Warsaw Uprising.

In 1957, she graduated from studies in musicology at the University of Warsaw. She obtained her PhD degree at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1966.

In 1954–58, she was an Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Musicology of the University of Warsaw, and then, in 1969–1970, she was an Assistant Professor. From 1970 to 1989, she worked at the Chair of History and Theory of Music of the Jagiellonian University. In 1974–78, she was the Head of the Chair, and in 1973–1989, she was the Head of the Centre for Documenting the Life and Work of Paderewski.

She was honored with the War Order of Virtuti Militari [Order Virtuti Militari], The Cross of Valour [Krzyż Walecznych], The Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta [Krzyż Kawalerski Orderu Odrodzenia Polski], among others.

Published Date: 06.04.2016
Published by: Justyna Szombara