I thank them for free Poland: PM on Indomitable Soldiers

“I thank them for a free Poland. Their sacrifice was not in vain,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stressed in an op-ed published in the daily tabloid “Fakt” on the occasion of the National Indomitable Soldiers Memorial Day.

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The Prime Minister recalled that the truth about the Indomitable Soldiers was a ‘forbidden knowledge’ in the years of his youth and recalled that he had met some of them in ‘Fighting Solidarity’, in which many heroes of the Home Army and other independence organisations were involved.

“They were people with great patriotic hearts. Hardened in battle, full of courage. They were sentenced to death, but luckily these sentences were not carried out,” the PM stressed.

He said that the Indomitable Soldiers’ history was introduced to him by his father and uncle. “Uncle Roland himself was a soldier of the Home Army, during the war, he participated in saving Jews and in the fights for Vilnius. However, after the war he faced repressions from the Security Office. He avoided arrest only because he went to Lower Silesia. (...) There he organised resistance within the ‘Freedom and Independence’ organisation,” wrote the Prime Minister.

PM Morawiecki pointed out that the story of Colonel Adam Lazarowicz “Klamra” made the greatest impression on him. At the age of eighteen, the man enlisted in the Polish Army and in 1920 took part in the war with the Bolsheviks. He belonged to the Home Army and later to the independence underground. He was arrested by the communist authorities in 1947 and in 1950 he was sentenced to quadruple death sentence. He was executed on March 1, 1951.

“After many weeks of brutal interrogations by the communist torturers (...) the Stalinist henchmen sentenced the Polish hero to a quadruple death penalty and 33 years in prison. They hoped that the memory of him would be lost, but his and his colleagues’ sacrifice marked the beginning of a free Poland. It is worth remembering, because the descendants of those executioners keep raising their heads,” he emphasised.

“It was a great honor to meet the son of 'Klamra', Mr Zbigniew, who was also a soldier of the independence underground, and Romuald, son of Zbigniew. (...) Every year I recall Col. Lazarowicz, I recall all this beautiful trio (...) and thank them for a free Poland. Their sacrifice was not in vain,” stressed Mateusz Morawiecki.