emigrant

 
Wojciech Korfanty and Wincenty Witos
in the Warsaw – Prague train, Warsaw 1938
(collection of Life magazine, photo: John Phillips)
Korfanty and Witos
during emigration in Czechoslovakian Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, 1938
(collection of Life magazine, photo: John Phillips)
Wojciech Korfanty in Prague
in front of the house in which he lived during his emigration, 1938 (collection of Life magazine, photo: John Phillips)
Wojciech Korfanty during emigration in Czechoslovakia 1938
(collection of Life magazine, photo: John Phillips)
Special edition of Polonia
with information about Wojciech Korfanty’s death, 17 August 1939
(collection of the Silesian Library in Katowice)
Wojciech Korfanty’s passport
issued in the name "Albert Martin", with which he came back to the country in April 1939
(collection of the Museum of the History of Katowice)
Wojciech Korfanty’s passport
issued in the name “Albert Martin”
(collection of the Museum of the History of Katowice)
Wojciech Korfanty’s funeral rites in Warsaw
The funeral procession from the Church of the Holiest Saviour to the Central Station, 18 August 1939
(collection of The National Digital Archives)
Funeral rites in Katowice
the coffin is carried into Korfanty family’s house at ul. Powstańców, 19-20 August 1939
(collection of The National Digital Archives)
Wojciech Korfanty’s funeral rites
funeral procession, General Józef Haller in the middle, Katowice, 20 August 1939
(collection of The National Digital Archives)
Wojciech Korfanty’s funeral rites
Katowice, 20 August 1939
(collection of The National Digital Archives)

Emigrant

After Korfanty left Poland, he stayed in Czechoslovakia, were, he started working on consolidating the forces of the opposition. He did not cease his political activity, at the same time trying to maintain control over the operations of the Christian Democratic party in the country. Once again, he returned to the idea of consolidating the opposition forces, whose main aim was to remove Sanation politicians from power, as they had already lost their main leader, Marshall Piłsudski. Together with Ignacy Paderewski, General Władysław Sikorski, General Józef Haller and Wincenty Witos, he contributed to the creation of an opposition alliance called Front Morges. The main result of these actions was the creation, in 1937, of a new party, which consisted of the combined clubs of Christian Democracy, National Workers’ Party, and the Union of General Józef Haller – the Labour Party. Its programme was based on Christian ethics. Upon the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Third Reich, Korfanty moved to Paris and then returned to Poland. Despite his poor health, he was arrested. After being released from prison, he died on 17 August 1939. His funeral became a patriotic and anti-government manifestation.