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  • 25 January 2018

    On the occasion of the 155th anniversary of the January Uprising, Her Excellency Ambassador Urszula Doroszewska and Polish Military Attaché Col. Miroslaw Wójcik laid wreaths on the family grave of Aleksander Oskierka, one of the leaders of the uprising, at Rasos cemetery.

    "This is such a key moment in history, because it would seem that that we had lost out. Which is true, because in military and political terms the uprising had been unsuccessful.  In the long run, however, we see many elements of victory. Firstly, of course, is the strengthening of patriotism and a desire to regain independence. What also shaped us, thanks to family stories passed down in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus, was the enduring memory – that we must fight for independence." Ambassador Doroszewska added that her own great-great-grandfather had taken part in the January Uprising in the Nowogródek region.

     

    As part of the celebrations of the 155th anniversary commemorations, the Ambassador also visited the Šalčininkai region where, accompanied by the Mayor of the Šalčininkai region Zdzisław Palewicz, she visited the Jan Śniadecki Junior High School, the Children's Home, the School of Fine Arts as well as the farm of Tadeusz Rudzis in Dailidziai.

     

    The Ambassador laid a wreath at the monument in Eišiškės at a solemn ceremony at the House of Polish Culture there. Laying the wreath at the Monument to the January Insurgents, the Ambassador said: "It is an honor for me that on the 155th anniversary of the January Uprising I am in this historic city of Eišiškės, whose fate was interwoven with the January Uprising. In nearby Rūdninkai Forest, fighting occurred. Famous heroes of the January Uprising were here. The January Uprising was very important in our history – the history of Poland, of Lithuania and of Belarus.  This is our common history. I am very grateful to the Polish community in Eišiškės for keeping the memory of this important event alive. Historical memory helps to shape us. "

     

    "By our presence we commemorate our ancestors. So long as the memory of our ancestors lives in my heart, I shall say that these people live; even though they have gone to eternity," the Mayor of the Šalčininkai region emphasized. "Let us be aware that Poles, Belarussians and other nationalities had gone during these 23 years  to the victory of 1918," the mayor said in reference to the centenary celebrations of Polish and Lithuanian Independence.  "Many people died fighting for the Polish language, our culture, polish school education, so that we would feel free and first among equals.  It is highly symbolic that the Polish Ambassador is joining us here today; it confirms that Poland is with us, "- Palewicz said.

     

    A monument to the January Uprising was erected at the center of Eišiškės (3rd May Street) on January 26, 2014. At this spot, in 1863, the vicar of the local parish, Rev. Józef  Horbaczewski, proclaimed the Manifesto of the Provisional Government. The insurgents, under his command, joined the Ludwik Narbutt’s military group.


     

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