The Prime Minister reminded that on 1 March 1951 seven leaders and members of the Freedom and Independence Association were killed by a shot to the back of the head. Łukasz Ciepliński, Adam Lazarowicz, Mieczysław Kawalec, Józef Batory, Franciszek Błażej, Karol Chmiel i Józef Rzepka.
Today, these people are our greatest heroes who paved the way to freedom. During his interrogation in one of Stalin’s prisons, Łukasz Ciepliński was able to say that the Polish cause is the most sacred thing to him, says the Prime Minister.
Thanks to the spirit of the generations and the great Solidarność movement, the heroes have not been forgotten.
Here, at this very exhibition, you can see buttons, medallions, crosses, pieces of clothing, uniforms, shoes and shoelaces. This is what was supposed to be left of them. But, thanks to the spirit of the generations and the great Solidarność movement, the heroes have not been forgotten. “Our will of fight for the free Poland better for everyone has also persisted,” said the Prime Minister.
“Some people have said that this fight had been senseless. The sense of fight is not only embodied in a chance for victory, but also in the value of the very matter, which is we must not forget about them. They are our greatest heroes. If I forgot them, then Lord, forget about me,” concluded the Prime Minister.
The exhibition entitled “Dowody zbrodni” (“Evidence of Crimes”) has been prepared by the team of the National Education Office and the Office of Search and Identification of the Institute of National Remembrance. It presents items discovered in burial cavities in the
Łączkasection of the Powązki cemetery.