Private war of Rafał Gan-Ganowicz…

„A million prick with a pin… and kill an elephant”. Gan-Ganowicz, a forgotten anti-communist 

(Gan-Ganowicz zapomniany antykomunista)


I will remind you of the Hero who spent his entire life fighting communism: Rafał Gan-Ganowicz. ps „Jerzy Rawicz”,  He himself learned to fight communism, because he was learning from themselves. He saw their ferocity and bestiality.

Rafał Gan-Ganowicz, because we are talking about him, was born in 1932 in Wawer (then it was not a district of Warsaw yet). He became an orphan at the age of twelve – his mother died during the September Campaign, and his father in the Warsaw Uprising. His parents’ attitude was not influenced by his parents.

He himself said that he did not bring anti-communism out of the house, but the communists taught it. (…) “What the Soviets could not steal, he destroyed (…) Each house they lived in (…) required a thorough renovation. Not to mention the dirt and stench they left behind (…) Why did they destroy so much? (…) I do not know. But I remember the Soviet barbarity”.

That is why, from 1948, Rafał Gan-Ganowicz was active in a group of teenagers conducting „little sabotage” – distributing leaflets, painting anti-communist slogans on walls. Young conspirators stole guns from militiamen and even managed to disarm a Soviet soldier. More than once they have come close to death. [quote] Secret officers from the Security Office didn’t even try to arrest us. They shot like for ducks. One of my friends was injured in the lung, another was shot in the knee.

On June 1950, Gan-Ganowicz, then an eighteen-year-old boy, found out that his organization had broken up. He then decided to run away. With money and a walther p38 he went to the station. He had an escape plan to Wrocław prepared in case of a „break-in”. However, fate decreed otherwise. Rafał Gan-Ganowicz took a risk. He hid under the train going to Berlin. He spent a year and a half in a refugee camp in the American sector of Berlin. This place was a school of bitterness and suppressed lust for revenge, a school of hatred towards communists. He joined the Polish Guard Companies at the American Army in Berlin, hoping that it was the beginning of a Polish army in the West. Then he left for France. There he passed his high school diploma, underwent commando training organized by NATO and completed an officer course. He received the patent from General Władysław Anders. Hopes for World War III and the possibility of military action in Poland quickly faded away. Rafał Gan-Ganowicz became a teacher in a gymnasium for Polish refugees in France. He waited for an opportunity to fight the red plague wherever he could. This opportunity came soon.


The Congo

In the 1960s, he had first started hearing news reports about the ongoing Congo Crisis, The new Prime Minister,  Moise Tshombe, had come to power after being in exile in Spain, and was now fighting against the Simba rebels, a Marxist/Nationalist group that was being supported by the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba. The rebellion became a key battle in the Cold War, and Tshombe called on western nations to assist him in the war, as well as European mercenaries to help his army. Rafał soon travelled to the Congo Embassy in Brussels and volunteered to fight, motivated by his strong anti-communist beliefs.


In 1967, Gan-Ganowicz traveled to Yemen under government contract from the King of Saudi Arabia to train local tribal insurgents against the Soviet-backed communist rebels during the North Yemen Civil War.


In February 1997 Gan-Ganowicz returned to Poland for good, settled in Warsaw, and then moved to Lublin, where he collaborated with the Young Democracy Foundation and the Happy Childhood Foundation. He lived in Lublin until his death.

Tombstone of Rafał Gan-Ganowicz

Gan-Ganowicz died of lung cancer on November 22, 2002, at the age of 70. The funeral took place on November 26, 2002, in Lublin. He was buried in the cemetery in Kalinowszczyzna. Honor HIS memory!

In 2007, president Lech Kaczyński posthumously awarded Ganowicz the Order of Polonia Restituta „for outstanding services in promoting democratic changes in Poland, for achievements in professional and social work undertaken for the benefit of the country”.

The motto of Rafał Gan-Ganowicz was the words of Mao Tse-tung: „A million prick with a pin and kill an elephant”. For most of his life, Gan-Ganowicz stabbed a Soviet elephant with his pin. Although the USSR is dead, its brood spread all over the world, and the „red plague” has contaminated many areas of human life. The motto of Rafał Gan-Ganowicz is also a testament that he left us. We cannot be indifferent, so let everyone grab a pin and prick!

In 1996, Piotr Zarębski started making a film about Rafał Gan-Ganowicz, entitled Pistol for rent, or the private war of Rafał Gan-Ganowicz. (Unfortunately I haven’t found the English version yet) Although the script was approved by TVP’s First Program, the film was lost during the audit in January 1997. The pretext was „praise of violence,” in fact it was political considerations Thanks to the media campaign of the daily „Życie” (including an article by Andrzej Rafał Potocki Who’s Afraid of Rafał Gan-Ganowicz?), Related to political activities (62 MPs submitted questions on this matter, among others), the film was broadcast in the band about high viewership. Then there were screenings of the film in various Polish cities, visited by several thousand people. Since then, Rafał Gan-Ganowicz has become known in Polish anti-communist circles.

^^^Source: „Unbreakable” / Film Polski / own materials/

Jozef Wrobel


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