Little is known and studied of the military personal records of Karol Wojtyła from the Kriegsarchiv in Vienna, which would allow an accurate account of his curriculum vitae and map out the main steps in the course of his military service. Analysis of the above records leads to the conclusion that Karol Wojtyła Sr., John Paul II's father, was for 18 years a professional soldier in the service in the Austro-Hungarian Army, in the 56th Infantry Regiment called the Wadowice Regiment. Later he became an officer in the Polish Army in the reborn Republic of Poland. Throughout his military service he enjoyed a very good reputation and his superiors described him as diligent and honest, valued for his ability to communicate in German.
AfiliacjaInstitut of Medial Education and Journalism Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw Polska
Milena Kindziuk – doctor of history, author of books, e.g. a biography of Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko Świadek prawdy [Witness to Truth], Cardinal Józef Glemp Ostatni taki Prymas [The Last Such Primate]; Emilia Wojtyłowa Matka Papieża [Mother of a Pope], Marianna Popiełuszko – Matka świętego [Mother of a Saint]. Assistant professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University Institute of Media Education and Journalism.