Warsaw: Prime Minister at the ceremony of unveiling the monument of Wojciech Korfanty

The date of unveiling of the monument commemorates the famous speech made by Wojciech Korfanty in Reichstag on 25 October 1918, in which he demanded the incorporation of the lands under Prussian rule into Poland.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

The main ceremony began at the Royal Route and was preceded by a Holy Mass at St. John's Archcathedral, where a plaque in memory of Wojciech Korfanty is located. The Mass was said by Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Metropolitan of Warsaw, and the homily was delivered by the Metropolitan of Katowice, Archbishop Wiktor Skworc.

The monument depicts the figure of Wojciech Korfanty leaning on a pedestal with the following inscription: Wojciech Korfanty, 1873-1939, politician, Christian democrat. The author of the monument is professor Karol Badyna.

In addition to the Head of the Polish government, the ceremony was also attended by the President of Poland as well as representatives of state and self-government authorities.

Wojciech Korfanty was a representative of the national movement of Upper Silesia, politician and leader of the Third Silesian Uprising. When it was decided that the issue of the future of Upper Silesia is to be resolved by a plebiscite, he stepped up as the leader of the Polish Plebiscite Office. After the unfavourable for the Polish citizens interpretation of the plebiscite results, he led the Third Silesian Uprising. Korfanty was one of the creators and leaders of Polish Christian Democracy, publisher and columnist of Polonia, Polak and Górnoślązak newspapers. He is among the most prominent Silesians and one of the people who rendered great service to this region..

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