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The National Day of the Victorious Greater Poland Uprising - Press Release

On 27 December 2021, the National Day of the Victorious Greater Poland Uprising was celebrated for the first time. Among the initiators of the establishment of this national holiday was also the IPN, which on this occasion has prepared many events, such as a nationwide exhibition, concerts, press supplements and ceremonies commemorating the heroes of the uprising that took place 103 years ago.

Arrival of Ignacy Paderewski to the centre of Poznań, 26th December 1918, Reproduction of a watercolour postcard by Leon Prauziński from the POLONA collection

The President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Karol Nawrocki, Ph.D., invited to the celebrations in a special spot available on the IPN social media.

Beginning from 22 December, many Polish cities host the exhibition "Greater Poland Uprising 1918–1919". The boards of the exhibition prepared by the Poznań Branch of the IPN National Education Office present the most important issues related to the Uprising. The authors of the exhibition also attempt to balance the uprising and the contribution of the Greater Poland to the fight for the borders of the entire Second Polish Republic.

The inauguration of the German version of one of the most interesting educational portals about the Greater Poland Uprising is planned for February 2022. Created on the 100th anniversary of the Uprising, the website https://pw.ipn.gov.pl/ is already available in English. New materials are successively published. The project was created thanks to the IPN Poznań Branch, which has cooperated with many institutions of science and culture.

The concert show "Glory and Victory! Greater Poland Uprising 1918–1919" took place on 27 December at 09:00 pm in the Railway Hall. On stage, there were among others: Stanisław Soyka, Halina Mlynkova, the band Luxtorpeda, Marta Burdynowicz, Anna Lasota, the band Dagadana, Michał Kowalonek and Janusz Radek. Moreover, Poznań Boys' Choir conducted by Jacek Sykulski and the Orchestra of the S. Moniuszko Grand Theatre in Poznań will take part in the show. The performance combines history with modernity. It also unites music with modern video-mapping technologies and live-act activities. The event was held under the honorary patronage of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as well as his Deputy, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Professor Piotr Gliński.

The IPN National Education Office in Poznań has also prepared a board game which brings us closer to the realities of the Greater Poland Uprising of 1918–1919. It gave the participants the possibility to win for each side, provided that the game is skillfully directed. In this way, one can broaden their knowledge of the Greater Poland Uprising, using not only the game, but also additional educational elements, such as a map with the troops' courses of action or illustrated brochure with the description of the activities in each of the forty districts.

The Institute of National Remembrance, City Hall of Poznań, Association for the Remembrance of Greater Poland Uprising 1918–1919 and 12th Brigade of Territorial Defense Forces have decided to commemorate the Greater Poland Uprising insurgents by placing symbolic candles on their graves. They were lit on the graves of the fallen and veterans. In total, about 10,000 candles will be lit.

The IPN Poznań Branch was one of the first to appeal for the establishment of the new holiday (together with the Greater Poland Museum of Independence, the National Museum in Poznań, the Society for the Remembrance of the Greater Poland Uprising 1918–1919, the Kórnik Plant Foundation and the Association of Greater Poland Communities and Districts). The action was initiated on 11 June, and on 6 September, the delegation from the Greater Poland Region appealed to President of Poland Andrzej Duda to establish the day of the Greater Poland Uprising as a national holiday. The Act was solemnly signed on 23 November 2021 in a historic place, at the former Poznań Hotel Bazar, from which Ignacy Jan Paderewski spoke in December 1918, igniting the insurrectionary spark.

All initiatives taken by the IPN on the occasion of the National Day of the Victorious Greater Poland Uprising: https://poznan.ipn.gov.pl/pl7/aktualnosci/156797,27-grudnia-Narodowym-Dniem-Zwycieskiego-Powstania-Wielkopolskiego-inicjatywy-IPN.html?sid=18bada7786488f3c4f3ad2d8c19bce9e


Contact for media:

Spokesperson – Office Director: Rafał Leśkiewicz, Ph.D.

M: +48 602 322 362

Press assistant of the IPN Poznań Branch

Marta Sankiewicz, Ph.D.

M: +48 735 205 796



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