GENERAL WLADYSLAW SIKORSKI

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GENERAL WLADYSLAW SIKORSKI

Postby DANIEL69 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:31 pm

Hi

Due to the fact that tomorrow is 70th anniversary of general Wladyslaw Sikorski's death, I decided to "put up"
some facts about this man, politician and a leader of Poles in Poland and on immigration, a though for many this is not brilliant figure(HR policy, camps in Scotland, etc.) no one can deny that He was a great man and statesman.

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General W.Sikorski was born in Tuszów Narodowy, Galicia, at the time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the third child in his family; his father was Tomasz Sikorski, a school teacher; his mother was Emilia Habrowska.After leaving school, Sikorski entered the Technical Institute in Lvov.
Prior to the World War I, he established and participated in several underground organizations that promoted the cause of the independence of Poland from the Russian Empire. He fought with distinction in the Polish Legions during the First World War, and later in the newly created Polish Army during the Polish-Soviet War of 1919 to 1921. In that war he played a prominent role in the decisive Battle of Warsaw. In the early years of the Second Polish Republic, Sikorski held government posts including prime minister (1922 to 1923) and minister of military affairs (1923 to 1924). Following Józef Piłsudski's May Coup of 1926 and the installation of the Sanacja government, he fell out of favor with the new regime.

During the Second World War Sikorski became Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, and a vigorous advocate of the Polish cause in the diplomatic sphere. He supported the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and the Soviet Union, which had been severed after the Soviet pact with Germany and the 1939 invasion of Poland — however, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin broke off Soviet-Polish diplomatic relations in April 1943 following Sikorski's request that the International Red Cross investigate the Katyń Forest massacre. In July 1943, a plane carrying Sikorski plunged into the sea immediately after takeoff from Gibraltar, killing all on board except the pilot. The exact circumstances of his death have been disputed and have given rise to a number of conspiracy theories surrounding the crash and his death. Sikorski had been the most prestigious leader of the Polish exiles, and his death was a severe setback for the Polish cause.


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Re: GENERAL WLADYSLAW SIKORSKI

Postby DANIEL69 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:38 pm

Welcome I would like to share with you, what took place 15 July 213 in London.
4th July, 1943 in Polish history is a day of tragedy, that day in a plane crash in Gibraltar has been killed General Wladyslaw Sikorski, the Polish Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Polish Armed Forces.On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the death in Westminster Cathedral on 15th July was a solemn requiem Mass presided by Fr. Archbishop Szczepan Wesoły . Con-celebrator by Fr. Józef Gozdek, Field Bishop of the Polish Army. In his homily bishop Józef Gozdek reminded that it was General Sikorski that held talks with representatives of the powers at that time, recalled the role he played in the establishment of the Soviet Union in the Polish Army and compared him to Moses discharging his people from bondage-Russian captivity. Reminded of his fidelity to God and the homeland when in conversation with Stalin demanded to explain the fate of Polish officers arrested after the 1939 campaign.In the same homily, Bishop. Gozdek said that remembrance and gratitude for the achievements of General Wladyslaw Sikorski, the duty and obligation of each of us, Poles, enjoying a day of complete freedom and sovereignty of the country, at the same time encouraged to not dwell on the reflection on the role and attitude of the story, but of his life inspired by the values ​​of the service, which he served.At the end he turned to the living veterans, to bear witness to young people that good homeland require sacrifices, and love requires sacrifice. The service was attended by representatives of the Polish Embassy in London, representatives of veterans' organizations, scouts, representatives of many social organizations and Polish communities and more, it is worth noting the presence of the widow of the last President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski- Karolina and the widow of his predecessor Kazimierz Sabbat- Anna, there were also representatives of our group.

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Re: GENERAL WLADYSLAW SIKORSKI

Postby brian » Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:26 pm

I can remember when his body was sent home and interned at Krakow a fitting tribute to this great man .
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Re: GENERAL WLADYSLAW SIKORSKI

Postby brian » Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:32 pm

Wawel castle Krakow is where he is laid to rest .
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