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The President of the IPN paid tribute to the late President of the Republic of Poland, Kazimierz Sabbat, on the 30th anniversary of his death - London, 19-20 July 2019

On 19-20 July 2019 the Institute of National Remembrance organized celebrations in London on the 30th anniversary of the death of the President of the Republic of Poland in Exile, Kazimierz Sabbat (1913-1989). The celebrations began on 19 July with the ceremony of laying wreaths at the President’s grave at Gunnersbury Cemetery. In the evening a holy mass for the intention of Kazimierz Sabbat was held in the Polish Church of St. John the Evangelist in Putney.

 

On 20 July the promotion of Marek Wierzbicki’s book Człowiek z Polski. Prezydent RP Kazimierz Aleksander Sabbat (1913-1989)  i emigracja niepodległościowa Polaków.[President of the Republic of Poland, Kazimierz Aleksander Sabbat, (1913-1989) and the independence emigration of Poles], which was published by the IPN, was held at the Polish Embassy in London. Apart from the author, the meeting was attended by the President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Dr. Jarosław Szarek, daughter of the late President, Jolanta Sabbat, and Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Mateusz Stąsiek.

- This book brings back to mind the great figure of an outstanding Polish statesman, but also an educator and, above all, a great example to follow - said the Polish Consul General in London, Mateusz Stąsiek. - It is an important day for the Institute of National Remembrance. We have the opportunity to refresh the memory of  an exceptional figure - emphasized Dr Jarosław Szarek, the President of the Institute. - I think that this book will change a lot, that the figure of President Kazimierz Sabbat will no longer be forgotten in Poland. But also here, where the next generations of Poles come and settle, it is important  for them to be raised in full awareness of the extraordinary history of Polish emigration - he added.

The publication is an attempt to outline the biography of Kazimierz Aleksander Sabbat, showing his achievements both in public and private life. The book has a popular science character, and its content and form have been prepared in view of reaching a wider group of readers, especially young people.

President Kazimierz Sabbat belonged to the generation of Poles whose life was determined by the service to the independent Republic of Poland. He was a pupil of pre-war scouts, and then one of the leaders of the scout movement in exile. He participated actively in the political life of the Polish independence emigration out of the sense of civic duty and the goodness of his heart, performing the functions of the prime minister (1976-1986) and the President of the Republic of Poland in exile (1986-1989). After 30 years since his death, we can safely say that he has served Poland well.

 

30th anniversary of the death of President Kazimierz Sabbat - celebrations organized by the Institute of National Remembrance

 

 

19 July  (Friday):

 

 

11:00 am - laying wreaths at the grave of President Kazimierz Sabbat at Gunnersbury Cemetery;

 

 

7:00 pm - mass for the intention of President Kazimierz Sabbat in the Polish Church of St. John the Evangelist in Putney

 

 

20 July (Saturday): 

 

 

5:00 -7: 00 pm - promotion of Marek Wierzbicki's book on President Sabbat, published by the Institute of National Remembrance

 

The meeting was opened by the President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Dr. Jarosław Szarek. The following persons took part in the panel discussion during the promotion: author of the book Prof. Marek Wierzbicki, Prof. Janusz Wróbel, Dr. Andrzej Suchcitz and Jolanta Sabbat.

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