Wielkopolskie Uprising anniversary observed in Poznan

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Ceremonies marking the 101st anniversary of the Wielkopolskie Uprising, in which Poles regained territory from the Germans after World War I, were held in Poznan, capital of the western Wielkopolskie province, on Saturday.

In a letter on the occasion, President Andrzej Duda wrote that the insurgency played a considerable part in decisions about Poland's post-World War One borders and gave hope to Poles in other regions of the country.

"In their hearts, the insurgents carried faith in Poland and hope that our people would reclaim their own, sovereign state. In paying tribute to them, let us also learn from them how to love and wisely serve our country," the president wrote.

In his letter, PM Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that the uprising gave hope to Poles in other parts of the country.

"This impressive uprising ended in victory, not just for the local population but for our entire national community. The Wielopolskie insurrection gave hope to our countrymen in Silesia and Pomerania, and considerably influenced final decisions about Poland's borders," Morawiecki wrote.

The Saturday observances at the Wielkopolskie Uprising Memorial in Poznan were preceded by a Holy Mass and wreath-laying ceremonies at the graves of the insurgents and related memorial sites.

The Wielkopolskie Uprising (1918–19), one of two successful Polish uprisings, allowed Poland to take back its western regions from Germany. The uprising broke out on December 27, 1918, in Poznan (western Poland) after a patriotic speech by Ignacy Paderewski, the famous pianist and diplomat, who became the Polish prime minister in 1919. The city was liberated on January 6, 1919. Almost the entire province was liberated by mid-January.

Under the Treaty of Versailles, signed on June 28, 1919, almost the entire Wielkopolskie province returned to Poland.