Disciplinary Proceedings Against Warsaw Astronomers for their Activities During World War II
06.10.2023 | 06.10.2023
Dr hab. Radosław Poleski, Astronomical Observatory, University of Warsaw
After World War II, two astronomers from the University of Warsaw Astronomical Observatory were accused of conduct unbecoming of an academic teacher, i.e., antisemitism and activities favoring the German occupants. These astronomers were Michał Kamieński (1879–1973; director of the Observatory 1923–1945) and Maciej Bielicki (1906–1988). I will present an analysis of archival documents that were not known until recently. The documents are supplemented by present-day interviews with people knowing the accused astronomers. I will also discuss a broader context of these disciplinary proceedings.