Beata Szydło: We came there to honour you

Prime Minister Beata Szydło participated in the funeral ceremony of the murdered Danuta Siedzikówna “Inka” and Feliks Selmanowicz “Zagończyk”, sentenced to death by the communist authorities. The ceremony took place on Sunday at the Garrison Cemetery in Gdańsk. 

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Memory of Cursed Soldiers

The ceremony constituted a state funeral. We have come here to bow to you and to pay back the debt of the Polish State, stated Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The ceremony took place on the 70th anniversary of the death of the famous fighters of the anti-communist underground. Many pages of the Polish history are written with the blood of the heroes who died because they were Poles. We owe them memory, underlined the Head of the Government.

The ceremony started with a mass in the St. Mary’s Basilica in Gdańsk, after which a funeral procession went through the city streets to the Garrison Cemetary. The mass was celebrated by Metropolitan Archbishop in Gdańsk Sławoj Leszek Głódź.

Finding graves

The final resting places of “Inka” and “Zagończyk” were shrouded in mystery for a long time. For almost 70 year it had not been known where they are buried, but in September 2014, during exhumation works, employees of the Institute of National Remembrance found the graves of “Inka” and “Zagończyk” in the Garrison Cemetery in Gdańsk.

The heroes of anti-communist underground

Prime Minister Beata Szydło has thanked the meritorious heroes: On behalf of the Government of free Poland I pay tribute to you and I honour you. And I will say what you would say: Long live Poland!

“Inka” was a nurse in the Home Army 5th Wilno Brigade. In July 1946 a group composed of NKVD and UB officers arrested her for cooperation with the anti-communist underground and put her in prison in Gdańsk. In the course of the investigation she was humiliated and beaten on numerous occasions. However, she did not betray her companions. In August 1946 she was sentenced to death. On 26th August, at the age of only 18, she was killed with a shot at the back of her head.

On the same date the “Zagończyk” was executed. He had participates as a volunteer in Polish-Soviet war in 1920. In January 1944 he had joined the Home Army 3rd Wilno Brigade of Gracjan Fróg “Szczerbiec” and was then transferred to the Home Army 5th Wilno Brigade of Major “Łupaszka”. In July 1946 he was arrested for his activity.

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