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Jan Ledóchowski

Jan Ledóchowski pursued a career in finance and economics, working in the City for many years and then helping design the reforms in Poland after the fall of communism. Apart from his business interests, he is currently Chairman of the Coombe House Estate Residents' Association Ltd, and voluntary Treasurer of Medical Aid for Poland Fund and the Cruising Association's Mediterranean Section. He likes sailing in the Mediterranean in the spring and autumn.

Jan's Films

In recent years Jan has also been actively pursuing his hobby of making films and videos. His latest film, Uncles & Others, was released in 2014 and acclaimed by the Polish press in London and in Poland. Two earlier films, Inka and a documentary about the Polish school in Putney, were shown in several locations in London and elsewhere in the UK in 2012. The Putney film was such a success it inspired a series of more films about Polish schools in the UK.

"It is true human stories that move me" he says.

Inka Film

A teenager is arrested and threatened with torture and death.  An amazing story of supreme courage at the darkest of times.

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Zdumiewająca historia najwyższej odwagi.

 


Uncles & Others

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In this controversial film, Jan's relatives and friends describe the horrors of the Second World War, and their opposing careers after the Communist régime arrived on the back of Stalin's dreaded security police, the NKVD. The London Polish Daily hailed it as a "unique witness of events...[which] provokes discussion and engraves itself on one’s memory”. Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's widest circulation daily newspaper, declared "This is Poland".

One family saved a Jewish Senator, another was massacred by the SS, and 22-year old Magda was killed at the barricades defending Warsaw. Branded as "traitors and decadent landowners" by the Communist régime after the War, some stayed on. One became editor-in-chief of a leading weekly newspaper, and another became a top politician working closely with General Jaruzelski and supporting Martial Law. Others fought the régime, from Radio Free Europe or inside Poland. Shown occasionally in cinemas, it is now also available as a book and DVD.


W języku polskim

Aby uzyskać informacje w języku polskim kliknij na:
- Wujowie i Inni
- Inka
- Polska Szkoła na Putney
- Filmy i wideo Jana
- Ród Ledóchowskich


Chris Ledóchowski

Chris is a professional social documentary photographer based in Cape Town. He is well known for his unique portrayals of life in the townships.


Joanna née Zakrzewska

Joanna, Jan Ledóchowski's wife, has a passion for her patients and her medical research. She keeps her maiden name for her professional activites as a Professor of Medicine.


Ledóchowski Family

The Ledóchowski family originated in what is today the Ukraine, became a well known Polish family, and is now spread around Poland, Austria, England, Ukraine, South Africa and even Abu Dhabi.

 

 

Information on living family members will be included in this website only if submitted or approved by them. Informacja o żyjących członkach rodziny może zostać umieszczona na tych stronach jedynie w wypadku gdy dana osoba wyrazi zgodę. Jan Ledóchowski