On the eve of the International Day of Heroes Fighting Totalitarianism, celebrated on May 25, which is also the anniversary of the murder of Captain Witold Pilecki, who was killed by a shot in the back of the head in 1948 in the Mokotów prison in Warsaw, flowers were laid in Vilnius at the house where the Polsih hero lived.
“Witold Pilecki challenged two totalitarian regimes: Nazism and Communism. He was a victim of both criminal authorities. He is a symbol of patriotism, courage, love of freedom and solidarity with the persecuted, which are universal values common to all people and fundamental to the Western tradition” Urszula Doroszewska, the Polish ambassador to Lithuania said during the ceremony.
The ceremony was organised with the participation of the MEP Rasa Juknevičienė. It was attended by representatives of the Lithuanian government, the local government in Vilnius and the Polish community in that country.
On Tuesday, the Polish Embassy in Vilnius is organising a lecture by Jack Fairweather, the author of the book “Volunteer. A True Story of Witold Pilecki's Secret Mission”, the first English-language biography of Pilecki translated into Lithuanian. It was awarded the prestigious Costa Book Award.
On the eve of 25th May, International day of heroes who fought against totalitarianism, we commemorated Witold Pilecki - a #Polish hero who fought against #nazism and #communism during #WWII. #neveragain #AgainstTotalitarianism pic.twitter.com/umzY40LBA0— Rasa Juknevičienė (@RJukneviciene) May 24, 2021