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Albrecht Kolthoff wrote:

> tom moran wrote:
> >The full name attached to the study is 'The Cracow Institute of
> >Forensic Research' for which there is no such thing. There ain't no
> >building, no offices, nothing in any library sources that shows it to
> >exist, only the title 'The Cracow Institute of Forensic Research' at
> >the head of the study.

This is all very interesting.

The Institute of Forensic Research was formally established in Warsaw on the basis
of a decree issued by the Minister of Justice on November 25, 1929. In fact, the
institute had commenced its activities long before this date; the decree merely
marked its official opening.  For, in 1927 the Minister of Justice had conferred
upon Appellate Judge Józef Skorzynski the duty of creating 'an institute for
forensic studies', and then, on the basis of subsequent rescripts, issued on 25 May
1929 and 10 January 1930, appointed him Director of the newly established institute.
In May 1929, Department I of Physical and Chemical Research was formed, followed, in
September 1929, by Department II of Chemical and Toxicological Research. Shortly
afterwards Department III of Biological Research was established. Judge J Skorzynski
was the director of the institute until the first days of September 1939. After
Warsaw was occupied by German forces, the property of the institute - the most
up-to-date equipment, laboratory aids and the library - were plundered, and passed
on to the Security Police (Sicherheitspolizei) in Berlin.

However, during the Nazi occupation, the Chemical Department of the National
Institute of Forensic Medicine and Criminalistics at the underground Jagiellonian
University in Krakow remained open, with Dr Jan Zygmunt Robel as its head. The
department became, according to contemporary witnesses, "a clandestine asylum for
conspirators and activists in the Polish underground movement". As Director of the
Department, Dr Robel organised clandestine studies of medicine, and managed to
secure the remaining property of the Institute of Forensic Research (some furniture
and laboratory glass), documentation and archives. Files brought down from Warsaw on
the orders of the Polish Underground enabled Dr Robel to model the organisational
structure of the Chemical Department in Krakow on that of the Warsaw Institute.
Robel also introduced methods of laboratory research elaborated by his Warsaw
colleagues, adding his own ideas gained during work as a forensic expert and
lecturer. Robel wanted a nucleus of the Institute to be in place, ready for
resurrection after the war - and that is exactly what happened shortly after the
Germans left.

The outstanding achievement of the underground department in the occupation period
was the research it undertook, under Dr Robel, on documents and depositions found on
or near Polish victims of the Soviet massacres at Katyn.

Jan Robel was also the first post-war director of the re-established institute. At
the time much assistance was received from the Jagiellonian University, which
provided a location and equipment.

In 1949 Judge Jan Sehn assumed directorship of the institute. Sehn was later
appointed Professor and first Director of the Department of Criminalistics of the
Jagiellonian University.  Under his guidance, the Institute acquired a new
organisational structure, was re-located to its present site in 1952/3, and
developed further. Professor Sehn was a member of the Commission for the
Investigation of Nazi War Crimes from the very beginning, being Chairman of the
Krakow District Commission (until 1953). He died suddenly in 1965 in
Frankfurt-am-Main during an official visit as part of the investigations of the
Committee. In 1966 the Institute was named after Professor Sehn.

The next Director of the Institute of Forensic Research was Professor Jan
Markiewicz, a chemist and toxicologist. He managed the Institute for 25 years
(1966-1991), successfully steering it through difficult periods of Poland's
contemporary history. Until his passing in 1996, Professor Markiewicz served as
Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Institute.  In 1992 Aleksander Glazek, a
lawyer, was appointed Director of the Institute. Under his leadership it has been
completely renovated, has acquired modern equipment, and developed relations with
allied establishments around the world.

> Hope that helps, Mr. Moran.
> --
> Albrecht Kolthoff

I doubt it.

Ken, could you add this to your directory of people/m/moran/lies.htm?

I figure that would be the best place for it, seeing as I doubt you have a directory
for people/m/moran/talking-out-of-his-ass.htm

Steve Mock

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