O Rzeczpospolitej Sztabińskiej, historii i pracy duszpasterskiej – wspomnienia księdza Jakuba Rółkowskiego jako dokument czasów
On the Republic of Sztabin, History and Priestly Work – the Memoirs of Father Jakub Rolkowski as the Document of his Times
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The article presents the memoirs Thirty years of my priestly work in Sztabin parish by father Jakub Rolkowski, and the biography of their author. Jakub Rolkowski has been a parish priest in Sztabin for 40 years – from 1901 until his death in 1941. His book is a fourfold document of the history of the Sztabin area in 1901-1931. First, it presents the Republic of Sztabin in 1820-1854 and Karol Brzostowski the count, who established it. Secondly, it is the document which describes the first three decades of XX century in Podlasie area – among others things it depicts the first world war and its components like fights, dam-ages, arrests, exiles and executions. Thirdly, it features the every day life of the parish priest in Sztabin: his engagement in the building and rebuilding of the church, and his regular contacts and relations with his parishioners. Fourthly, the book delivers a lot of important biographical data on its author, father Jakub Rolkowski.
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