Jan Zamoyski

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Zamoyski, Jan


Born Mar. 19, 1542, died June 3, 1605. Polish statesman.

Zamoyski studied at the Universities of Paris, Rome, and Padua. Appointed royal chancellor in 1578 and grand hetman of the kingdom in 1581, he was instrumental in drawing up the Henrician Articles of 1573, giving up the whole of the szlachta (nobility) the right to participate in the election of the king, as well as the Pacta Conventa of 1573. Zamoyski promoted the election of Stephen Bàthory to the Polish throne and played an important part in organizing his aggressive campaigns against the Russian state. A relentless opponent of the Hapsburgs, Zamoyski defeated Archduke Maximilian, the rival for the Polish throne, at Byczyna in 1588 and took him prisoner.

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We had fled Cracow because we were being blackmailed by extortionists who had discovered that Count Jan Zamojski, his wife Janina, and their little boy, Boguslaw (Bobi), were Polish Jews posing as Aryan Poles.
After most of the Jews had been massacred, in November 1941, she went to the local church in Stanislawow, a small town in Polish Ukraine, and pretended that she was Janina Zamojska, the wife of Jan Zamojski, and the mother of Boguslaw.
(The real Count Jan Zamojski died this past summer).