|Born||November 26, 1891|
|Died||August 16, 1976 (aged 84)|
|Nationality||Belarusian and American|
|Occupation||politician, linguist, historian and philosopher|
Jan Stankievi? was born in the village Arlianiaty near Ashmyany. During World War I Stankievi? served in the army of the Russian Empire. In 1917-1918 he began to actively participate in activities of Belarusian national organizations.
Jan Stankievi? graduated from the Vilnia Belarusian Gymnasium in 1921, the Charles University in Prague in 1926, became Doctor of Slavonic philology and history. In 1928-1932 he worked as a Belarusian language professor in the University of Warsaw and in 1927-1940 - in the University of Vilnius.
In 1928-1930 Dr. Stankievi? was member of the Polish Sejm. As a politician, Stankievi? advocated closer ties of Belarus and Poland, for what he has been often criticized by other West Belarusian politicians. He also actively proposed the name of Great Lithuania for Belarus considering Litvin traditions of Belarusian statehood.
In 1940 Stankievi? went to Warsaw and joined the pro-German Belarusian Committee. He also established contacts with Polish antifascist resistance and created a pro-Polish Belarusian undercover group called the Belarusian Nationalist Party.
In fall 1941 Stankievi? moved to the German-occupied Minsk, where he worked at the science department of the Belarusian Central Rada. He was member of the Belarusian Self-Help and was among founders of a Belarusian Scientific Society.
In 1944 Jan Stankievi? emigrated to Germany with retreating German military.
In 1949 he moved to the United States where he continued his work. Jan Stankievi? was an active member of the Belarusian diaspora.
Stankievi? is buried at the Saint Euphrosynia Belarus Orthodox Church Cemetery in South River, New Jersey.