Władysław Zachariasiewicz was born on November 7, 1911 in Kraków and graduated from Jagiellonian University with a law degree. Active in the World League of Poles Abroad, he was the last surviving member of this renowned pre-war organization. In September 1939 Zachariasiewicz fought in the Defense of Poland. Captured by Soviet forces, he was sent to a GULAG in the Archangelsk region. Released from captivity after the Sikorski-Mayski Agreement, he became an official of the Polish government tasked with assisting Poles who were being released from Soviet captivity. He was subsequently arrested by the Soviet NKVD and held for several difficult months. Exiled from the USSR, Zachariasiewicz was sent at the behest of the Polish government in exile to Constantinople, London and later Rome to care for Polish soldiers serving in General Anders’ II Polish Corps. In 1948 he emigrated to the United States, where he continued his involvement on behalf of the Polish cause and cared for Polish refugees. Numerous Polish-American organizations benefited immensely from his dedication and leadership, including the National Council of Polish Cultural Clubs, the Polish American Congress and the Pulaski Parade Committee to name a few. Władysław Zachariasiewicz was elected to the Board of Directors of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and personally appointed by the Holy Father to the Board of Directors of the John Paul II Foundation. Until his death, he was very active at the Foundation.