christian_values

 
Brochure created by Wojciech Korfanty
on the political role of the Church and the Association of Polish Women’s Catholic Societies, 1927
(collection of the National Library)
Protest letter of Karol Grzesik
an insurgent, official, and sanation politician, to the Bishop’s Curia in Katowice concerning defamations published in Polonia, a newspaper that was in the hands of Wojciech Korfanty, 1928
(collection of the Archidiocese Archive in Katowice, subject files 47/640)
Poster of the sanation National Christian Work Union
during the election for the Silesian Parliament, 1930. National Christian Work Union stood in opposition to Korfanty’s Christian Bloc
(collection of the Archidiocese Archive in Katowice, subject files 47/640)
Election supplement to Polonia
calling people to vote for the list of the so-called Catholic People’s Bloc during the election for Katowice City Council from 15 December 1929
(collection of the National Archive in Katowice)
Wojciech Korfanty’s election flyer
from the period of his candidacy to the Parliament of the Republic of Poland of the first term from the list of Christian Union of National Unity, 5 November 1922
(collection of the National Library)
Apostolic Nuncio in Poland
bishop Francesco Marmaggi, Rev. Aleksander Skowroński, bishop Stanisław Adamski, Revs. Józef Kubis, Józef Gawlin, Wawrzyniec Pucher, Emil Szramek, and Wojciech Korfanty, 1932
(collection of the Archidiocese Archive in Katowice, photography collection ZF 6515)
Wojciech Korfanty during the ceremony of the so-called Retreat Day
and the visit of the Apostolic Nuncio Marmaggi at "Pogoń" pitch in Katowice, 4 September 1932
(collection of the Archidiocese Archive in Katowice, photography collection ZF 6515)
Wojciech Korfanty with clergy
at the so-called Reatreat Day in Katowice, 4 November 1932
(collection of the Archidiocese Archive in Katowice, photography collection ZF 7210)
Election flyer of the Christian-Democratic Catholic People’s Bloc
from the period of election for the Silesian Parliament of the second term, 11 May 1930
(collection of the Archidiocese Archive in Katowice)
Postcard with the MPs of Christian Democratic Club for the Silesian Parliament of the first term (1922-1927)
Wojciech Korfanty in the middle as the president of Polish Christian Democratic Party
(collection of the Museum of the History of Katowice)
MP card of Bolesław Palędzki (1898-1941)
member of Polish Christian Democratic Party, which was a rt of the so-called Front Morges, signed by Wojciech Korfanty, 1937-1939
(collection of the Museum of the History of Katowice)
Propaganda flyer
accusing Korfanty of immoral conduct in personal life, 1922
(collection of the Museum of the History of Katowice)

Christian values

Korfanty defended the right to personal property and liberties of national minorities. He was a proponent of social solidarity. He believed that Christian ethics can save both Poland and Europe, which were threatened both by a liberal and democratic system from the West and Bolshevik totalitarianism from the East. In his opinion, the idea of civil society could ensure the harmonious development and well-being of both individuals and the community. Korfanty’s fundamental value was the principle of Christian humanism, resulting from a personalised conception of people and social life, while fully respecting the natural law. He put the rules of corporate structure based on Pius XI’s encyclical Quadragesimo anno into the programme of Christian Democracy. He remained faithful to his ideals until his death. In the political testament he left to posterity, he clearly stated his will: ‘I wish to ask the Silesian people to remain faithful to Christian principles and their attachment to Poland, to continue doing their work and being committed to transforming Poland into a Poland of our dreams, a great Poland, a powerful Poland, a Catholic Poland, lawful, and always just.’