Tadeusz Brzezinski, Former Polish Consul-General, Dies
MONTREAL (AP) _ Tadeusz Brzezinski, the Polish government-in-exile’s consul-general in Montreal during World War II and the father of former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, has died of pneumonia at age 94. Brzezinski, who died Sunday at a nursing home, was consul-general from 1938 until the Communist takeover of his homeland at the end of World War II.
He became a prominent member of the Montreal Polish community, serving as president of the Polish-Canadian Congress from 1952 to 1962. In 1975, he helped create the World Polish Congress.
Until his retirement in 1968, Brzezinski worked for the Quebec Cultural Affairs Department, establishing cultural centers across the province.
Brzezinski was born in 1896, in Zloczow, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now in the Soviet Union.
As a volunteer in the Polish independence movement from 1918 to 1920, Brzezinski saw action in the battle of Lvov and against Soviet forces in the final Warsaw campaign of 1920.
He then served as a Polish diplomat for the nascent Polish Republic in Germany, France, the Soviet Ukraine and Canada.
While in Leipzig, Germany, before World War II, Brzezinski became involved in efforts to rescue European Jews from Nazi concentration camps.
In 1978, his efforts on behalf of the Jewish people were recognized by Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin.
Brzezinski, husband of the late Leonia Roman, is survived by two sons - Zbigniew, formerly national security adviser under President Jimmy Carter, and Lech, an engineer in Montreal. He is also survived by seven grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was planned Thursday at St. Wojciech Mission Church in Montreal. Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.