Stanisław Stroński

Stanisław Stroński

Stanisław Stroński (1882 1955) was a Polish philologist, publicist and politician (a National Democracy Sejm deputy). In interwar Poland he edited the Rzeczpospolita newspaper and was a professor at Kraków's Jagiellonian University and at the Catholic University of Lublin. During World War II he was a member of the Polish government in exile. At war's end, he remained abroad.

He was a vocal prewar opponent of Poland's first president, Gabriel Narutowicz, and of Marshal Józef Piłsudski.

It was Stroński who coined the expression, "Miracle at the Vistula," intended to derogate Piłsudski's 1920 victory over the Soviets.[1] Ironically, the expression quickly lost its intended meaning and was adopted with approval by some patriotically- or piously-minded Poles unaware of Stroński's ironic intent.[2]

His academic interests centered on the medieval Occitan literature, especially about the Troubadours. In this field he is reputed as one of the most important scholars of the 20th century.[3]


  1. Frątczak, Sławomir Z. (2005). "Cud nad Wisłą" ( Scholar search). Głos (in Polish) (32/2005). Retrieved June 18, 2006.
  2. (Polish) Janusz Szczepański, Kontrowersje wokół Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920 roku (Controversies surrounding the Battle of Warsaw in 1920). Mówią Wieki, online version.
  3. S. Stroński, Le Troubadour Elias de Barjols, Toulouse, Privat, 1906; S. Stroński, Le Troubadour Folquet de Marseille, Cracovie, Académie des Sciences-Éditions du Fonds Osławski 1910; S. Stroński, La Légende amoureuse de Bertran de Born, Paris, Champion, 1914.

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