Admiral Unrug's Polish burial fulfils patriotic dream - PM Morawiecki

The return to the homeland of Polish Fleet Admiral Józef Unrug fulfils the will of Polish patriots who fought for a free Poland, PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in a letter read out at Unrug's state funeral in the coastal city of Gdynia on Tuesday.

Admiral Unrug, born a German national, was the commander of the Polish coastal defence during Poland's 1939 defensive war against Nazi Germany.

The prime minister's letter was read out by Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.

"We are restoring justice after many years. Today in Gdynia, a city of special importance for independent Poland, we bid farewell to Fleet Admiral Józef Unrug and his wife Zofia Unrug. Their return to the Baltic Sea, to our homeland, is not only an expression of our gratitude and respect towards the legendary coastal defence commander, but it fulfils the will of Polish patriots who fought for a free and sovereign Poland," Morawiecki wrote.

Józef Unrug died in Lailly-en-Val, France, in 1973. He was buried in Montresor, central France. His and his wife's remains have been brought to Poland to receive a state burial in Gdynia.