On April 7, 2022, Ludwik Stanisław Dorn (né DORNBAUM), one of Poland’s best-known politicians, passed away at age 67Dorn was born June 5, 1954 in Warsaw. Dorn was a member of the Solidarity movement under Communism and later among the founders of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), though he later left the party and functioned as an independent. Dorn served at various times as Poland’s Minister of the Interior, Deputy Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament and later as a rank-and-file Member of Parliament. Both of Dorn’s parents were Jews, but Ludwik Dorn considered himself an agnostic for many years, eventually being baptized as a Roman Catholic when he was 51 years old.
Dorn’s father, Henryk Dornbaum (son of Samuel Lejb), was an optician and watchmaker and active Communist from the now-Ukrainian city of Ternopil, later moving to Warsaw. Ludwik’s mother, Dr. Alina Kugler, was a neurologist and a native of Warsaw.
Ludwik Dorn is survived by his third wife and four daughters.
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