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The ceremonial unveiling of the renovated gravestones of Polish Army soldiers - Warsaw, 24 September 2019

The ceremonial unveiling and blessing of the renovated gravestones (quarter B10) on the resting places of the soldiers of the Polish army killed in September 1939 took place at the Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw on 24 September 2019. The event was attended by Jan Baster, the Deputy President of the Institute of National Remembrance and Adam Siwek, the Director of the IPN’s Office for Commemorating the Struggle and Martyrdom.

Over 2,000 soldiers of the Polish Army who died in the Battle of Bzura, in the defense of Warsaw and the Modlin Fortress are buried there. After the verification process, we managed to add and permanently commemorate the names of over 370 soldiers, including 33 men of Jewish nationality, to the previously known list of 515 names of the fallen soldiers. Their personal data has also been supplemented  with the soldiers’ dates of birth and death as well as  the military formations thay served in. Over a thousand names still remain unknown.

The ceremony was attended by, among others, Deputy Marshal of the Polish Sejm Małgorzata Gosiewska, Mazovian Voivode Zdzisław Sipiera, Garrison Commander Warsaw Gen. Robert Głąb, Field Bishop of the Polish Army, Fr. Józef Guzdek and the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich.

The event was organized by the Mazovian voivode Zdzisław Sipiera.

 

 

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