- Henryk Śniegocki
Henryk Śniegocki (Born on
January 18, 1893in Kościan, died on December 1, 1971in Poznań) was commandant of the Local Scout Command and next the Headquarters of Scouts on the German Reich (territory), the participant of Greater Poland Uprising (1918–1919). In free Poland the head of the Scout Troops in Greater-Poland in 1919 and Commander of the Greater-Poland Banner 1925–1927, a schoolteacher.
Śniegocki descended from the major part of Polish community, supported the insurgent idea of freedom fighting, as well as positivist ideas of organic work. Like most of his peers, he found contacts within Polish secret organizations while in school: he became a member of
TZZ, a society named after Tomasz Zan). Financial conditions did not allow him to continue education after finishing middle school, so-called departmental (of nine classes). The family became poor in 1848, when his grandfather, Kazimierz Śniegocki, lost the transported organization money in a police hunt. The elder Śniegocki considered a duty of conscience and honor to return it from his own possessions and soon after died in 1852. Subsequently, Henryk began professional training to be a surveyor.
Henry Śniegocki joined the Association "Iskra" (Spark). This formally independent youth organization from 1903, like the following next "Brzask" (the Dawn) and "Ogniwo" (the Link), was in fact an attachment to Association of Falcons. One could say, breeding the Falcons nestlings.
October 17in the flat of Henry Śniegocki came into existence the first organization of Greater-Poland Boy Scouts, formed by Cezary Jindra, Henryk Śniegocki, Wincenty Wierzejewski, Edmund Weclawski, Leonard Skowrońskiand Tadeusz Wolski.
In January 1915, Henryk Śniegocki came back from the front lines of
World War Ion sick leave and managed to extend his leave by the local medical committee. A few weeks later the wounded Wierzejewski turned up for a treatment. After recovery, he decided to desert. Henryk Śniegocki, who now took the command of the Scout troops after Wierzejewski, tried to make the status of scoutting legal with the pretext of caring for the boys whose fathers mobilized the Army, but without success.
Henryk Śniegocki became the Chief of Scouts troop in the Directorate of Greater-Poland Scout Troops (with
Anna Krysiewicz, commanding the Girl Guides). In July 1919 he was one of three delegates for the meeting, resulting in merger of Greater-Poland Scouts with the ZHP. However, in 1920 he volunteered, as already experienced organizer to the plebiscite of the Mazurs and next, fought in the and .
Scouting in Poland
History of the Scout movement in Poland
*abstract from The Memoirs of Scoutmaster Henryk Śniegocki, Poznań, Poland, 1971.
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