Wacław Kamocki was born on 7 October, 1932, in Witkowice, Krzemieniec County, Volhynia. In 1944, the turmoil of war forced him and his family to illegally escape to Lviv, fleeing from the massacres of Poles in Volhynia. In Lviv, which was his mother’s hometown, he attended clandestine classes where he went through primary school curriculum and, after the seizure of Lviv by the Soviets, he graduated to Year 5, which was taught in Polish. In April 1946, as a sixth-year student, he came to Wrocław with other repatriated people. The journey in a freight train took two weeks.
Having arrived in Wrocław, he spent the first few months in the National Repatriation Centre’s shelter, which was situated in a former school building. Since his parents did not want to move into a flat that was still occupied by Germans, finding an empty flat took a long time. Eventually, the family settled down at Gelerstr. 11, today’s Ołowiana Street (at the time, many streets still carried German names). In Wrocław, he immediately began education at the First Middle School in Poniatowskiego Street. In 1948-49, due to a lung disease, he stayed at a preventorium in Karpacz, where he also attended a local middle school. However, he was blacklisted and expelled from it for alleged subversive activities. Thanks to his mother, who was a teacher, he was able to continue education at the Secondary School of General Education no. 5 in Krucza Street, where he passed the final exam in 1951. In 1953, having spent a couple of years trying to figure out what his “true vocation” would be, he began studies at the Faculty of Architecture of Wrocław Polytechnic, which he completed with honours in 1960. He received the Master of Architecture degree for a thesis on church design. By that time, he had been certain that choosing architecture was the right decision.
In 1959, he married Krystyna Mrożewska, who held a degree in History and has been his lifelong assistant and advisor. In 1967, their son Jakub was born. Today, Mr Kamocki is a grandfather of two: 18-year-old Konrad (his right hand in computer-aided design) and 10-year-old Marcin, who perhaps will follow in his grandfather’s footsteps one day.