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Son of Ignatius and Zofia Szpengler. He completed his studies at the Political Faculty of the School of Political Studies in Warsaw and the Faculty of Law at the Jagiellonian University . In the years 1918-1920 he stayed in the Far East , where he co-edited the "Voice of Poland" issued by the Polish War Committee. Upon his return to Poland, he was an officer of the Second Division of the Ministry of Military Affairs (1920-1921). From August 1923 he was responsible for the repatriation of Poles from the USSR, he was the head of the Repatriation Commission's Superintendence in Czyt . In the Polish foreign service since May 1926 he was deputy head of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consul General in Pittsburgh (1933-1935), Consul General in New York (1935), Consul General in Lille (1935-1937) and Consul General in Kiev (1937-1939)  .
After the aggression of the USSR to Poland on September 30, 1939 at 23 o'clock, several days before the planned evacuation trip to Moscow, he was called to the urgent appearance of the People's Commissariat of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. He drove around 2am, due to the late time he took two chauffers with him. He never returned to the consulate. Italian ambassador Augusto Rosso , deputy dean of the diplomatic corps, intervened after a few days on this matter at the popular foreign affairs commissioner Vyacheslav Molotov , who pretended to be surprised and replied that the consul apparently fled to one of the neighboring countries. After the diplomatic relations were re-established, Polish diplomats repeatedly intervened in the matter, but they were answered that Matusiński was not in Soviet hands.
Meanwhile, one of the consul's drivers, Andrzej Orszyński, found himself in the ranks of the Polish Army in the USSR . He reportedly stated that all three were then arrested by the NKVD in front of the Narcissistic office and sent to the Kiev prison, where they were transported to Moscow on 8 October of the same year. Orsinski claims that he saw Matusinski getting on a train, which poses a lie to Molotov's claims.
In 1931, he was decorated with the Spanish Commander of the Order of Civil Merit  , in 1933 the Order of the Crown of Romania  ; He was also awarded the Polish Gold Cross of Merit twice  .