Rapid maturation to freedom
Krzysztof Turkowski was born on 17 May 1954 in Wroclaw. He graduated from the Institute of History at the University of Wroclaw. In 1977-1981 he was working as a librarian in Ossolineum (National Ossoliński Institute). In the 70s he was an associate of the Workers’ Defence Committee, the Student Committee of “Solidarity” in Wroclaw and the Independent Publishing House. In September 1980 he co-organized a strike at the bus depot number 7 at Grabiszyńska Street in Wroclaw. After the strike he became a spokesman for “Solidarity” Regional Board of Lower Silesia (a Delegate to the first congress of “Solidarity” in Gdansk in 1981). Since the introduction of martial law until 1983 he was hiding and working in the underground as a member of the Regional Strike Committee. He was one of the editors of “Z Dnia na Dzień”, also published in the Bulletin of Lower Silesia. He organized the network of Christian universities with the Ministry of Working People and groups of the Academic Ministry and lectured during the Weeks of Christian Culture. In years 1989-1990 he was a member of the Provincial Committee of Citizens “Solidarity” in Wroclaw. Since 1990 he was a member of the City Council and the Provincial Regional Council. In 1990-94 he held the position of the Vice President of Wroclaw. In 1995-98 he was the chairman of PAIFILM, since 1997 an adviser of the president of TV Polsat, a member of Supervisory Board of RSTV, since 2003 the president of the company Antena I, in 2004-06 a member of the board of TV Puls. Since 2006 he was the chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Polish Press Agency (PAP). Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TV Lubin. He won the award of the President of the Polish Radio for editorial activity and the award of the President of Wroclaw in 2007. Krzysztof Turkowski is an author of numerous publications for the Solidarity, underground and emigration press, a series of talks with leaders of London emigration, a creator of historic and political broadcasts on Radio Free Europe, the Polish Radio and Radio Kolor. He is a member of the Presidium of the Lower Silesian Cultural Federation, President of the Association for the Development of Wroclaw, Vice-President of the Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters and the Association of Radio and Television Authors. In October 2011 he was appointed to the Council of the Polish Film Institute.