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Portraits of loved ones (including Emilia Wojtyła) hung on a wall in a flat in Wadowice; then they got to 10 Tyniecka Street, where Karol Wojtyła and his father settled in after Karol’s final school examinations. The portraits were silent witnesses of traumatic events. One day when Karol came home, he found his father’s dead body. After this experience it was very difficult for him to return to the flat.

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Portraits of loved ones (including Emilia Wojtyła) hung on a wall in a flat in Wadowice; then they got to 10 Tyniecka Street, where Karol Wojtyła and his father settled in after Karol’s final school examinations. The portraits were silent witnesses of traumatic events. One day when Karol came home, he found his father’s dead body. After this experience it was very difficult for him to return to the flat.
He only did it because he was persuaded by Mieczysław Kotlarczyk — a Polish language teacher who inculcated the passion for theatre in Karol. After two members of his family had been sent to a concentration camp, Kotlarczyk escaped from Wadowice and arrived in Kraków. Karol offered him and his family a place to stay at Tyniecka Street. Kotlarczyk agreed, on condition that Karol came back with them.
Thanks to the Kotlarczyk family, the collection of the Family Home of John Paul II Museum not only acquired portraits, but also furniture which was transported from Wadowice (including a table and an etagere which can be seen at the exhibition in the Wadowice Museum up to this day).
Karol Wojtyła senior was a military man. After his wife’s death he took over all the duties connected with housekeeping and the raising of his sons. In the archive of the museum one can see, among others, a photograph of small Karol and Edmund wearing coats made from their father’s military coat.

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The Pope’s different faces

Andrzej Jawień, A.J., Stanisław Andrzej Gruda, Piotr Jasień – what do these names have to do with Karol Wojtyła? Karol was a young priest, but also a poet and a playwright. He wrote often, but kept his writings in a drawer and published them rarely under the selected pseudonyms.

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Andrzej Jawień, A.J., Stanisław Andrzej Gruda, Piotr Jasień – what do these names have to do with Karol Wojtyła? Karol was a young priest, but also a poet and a playwright. He wrote often, but kept his writings in a drawer and published them rarely under the selected pseudonyms.
Marek Skwarnicki wrote initially in the preface to Poezje, dramaty i szkice [Poems, Dramas and Literary Sketches] (Kraków 2004) that the novel Niebo w płomieniach [Sky on Fire], written by Jan Parandowski, with Jawień as the main character, was the source of his first assumed name.
Later it was discovered that Jawień was the family name of one of the parishioners of Niegowić, where Karol Wojtyła performed pastoral ministry as a vicar after his ordination.
Stanisław Andrzej Gruda appeared in Karol Wojtyła’s cardinal period when he handed over a manuscript of Promienowanie ojcostwa [The Radiation of Fatherhood] to the Znak Publishing House.

After he was elected pope, his writings appeared in print and were translated into numerous languages; however, he himself remained silent as a poet for the next twenty four years. In 2003 he finally published Tryptyk rzymski [Roman Triptych, Meditations].

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See also:
Diary with notes by Karol Wojtyła

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Photograph “Portrait of Karol Wojtyła Senior”

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