Franciszek Herzog

Franciszek “Frank” Herzog, who passed away February 3, 2017, was born in Poland in 1931 and was a survivor of the Siberian exile following the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939. Born into a military family, Frank was joined in exile by his mother and brothers; his mother died in a Soviet labor camp and his father was among the Polish Army officers killed during the infamous Soviet war crime known as the Katyn Forest Massacre in which more than 20,000 Polish military and civilian leaders were murdered. Following the Nazi attack of the Soviet Union in 1941, Frank embarked on a month-long journey with other Polish refugees, many sick and malnourished, to a Polish orphanage in India, where he lived for five years before reuniting with his brothers after the war in England. He met his wife, Kamila, and pursued a career in electrical engineering, relocating to the United States in 1969. Frank worked for many years at Northeast Utilities, and distinguished himself in his community and nationwide, serving as a leader in Polish scouting and influencing young lives for 37 years. He was awarded the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his efforts in propagating the truth about Katyn and for his work with Polish Scouting in the United States.