MAREK LASKIEWICZ: ZYCIORYS
Dr Marek Laskiewicz, son of a Polish officer, was born on the 9th of November 1958. His family settled in the UK after the war, in which his familty had participated. His uncle was a Squadron Leader in the Battle of Britain; his mother was in the Polish Home Army, which was loyal to the Polish Government-In-Exile; his mother joined the refugees with General Wladyslaw Anders; and his father took part in the Polish and French campaigns, then became an instructor in Scotland, where he remained for a few years after the war, an emigre unable to return to Poland after the war.
Dr Marek Laskiewicz, a patriot, is the ‘Last of the Independence Emigres’ [Ostatni w Emigracji Niepodległościowej]. The rest ceased to call themselves independence emigres, becoming Polonia, after President Ryszard Kaczorowski officially liquidated the Polish Government-In-Exile when in 1990 he transfered the Polish Emblems of State to Lech Walesa.
Dr Marek Laskiewicz was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree, and then studied engineering at Queen Mary College, University of London. He worked in a multinational for 6 years and became a Chartered Engineer (Eur Ing, CEng, MIET). He left this company because of his convictions about the Cold War; it was unacceptable for him that one of its operating companies was manufacturing and selling to the Soviet Union powder that served to keep dry Soviet nuclear missiles. He then studied economics at the same College, completing in 1989 his doctorate (Ph.D); he has also studied accountancy (CDipAF) and languages, speaking English, Polish and French, though he has also before spoken Dutch and German.
He is married with one daughter. He has written several books, notably the political science book published in 1993 ‘Russia and World War III’, the law book in Polish published in 2004 ‘The Illegal Transfer of Polish Emblems of State 22.12.1990’, and the history book in Polish published in 2005 ‘Lech Walesa Did Not jump Over a Fence’ – cited several times by IPN (the Polish Institute of National Rememberance) in its book ‘SB and Lech Walesa’.
He is a prominent member of Polish organisations in London. He is the Secretary General of the Polish Society of Arts and Sciences Abroad, Chairman and founder of SPK Branch 708, and a member of several others; he was the Chairman of TOPAZ, Secretary of SPK Koło 30 and a committee member of the Association of Polish Writers Abroad. He has also been a candidate to become Chairman of POSK (the Polish Socio-Cultural Institution in London, where he has been a Member of the Council for over 4 Years.
He founded the PWWB. The PANO branch holds academic lectures whilst PU branch schools Poles in various engineering disciplines so that they can work legally in Great Britain. The KSK branch organises cultural projects, which will help integrate Polish culture in the international arena and so promote Polish culture and its achievements. The WPWB branch is a political party of the Centre.
As a historian he took part in January 2011 in an international conference about the Smolensk Polish Air Crash Tragedy, which the WPWB branch co-organised – the guest speaker was the legendary Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky. Subsequently on the anniversary of the Smolensk Air Crash this branch co-organised a public rally in Trafalgar Square on the 10th of April 2011 and a March through Whitehall on the 11th November 2011; there he publicly formally accused Putin’s Russia of executing a group murder of 96 Poles, having presented his analysis based on known facts that this was no accident. This branch next staged a multi-protest in Westminster to protest against and draw attention to Poland still being ruled by communists and collaborators. Recently the PANO branch held a lecture at Senate House, London University to present the facts about Smolensk and to point out that this communistish Poland helped Putin’s Russia execute the Smolensk Air Crash group murder, also presenting his long-standing thesis that Russia is now again posing a threat to the world, including herself, as a world war is still unfortunately possible.