Wolf's Trail run sets off from Warsaw Citadel
The 6th edition of the Wolf's Trail commemorational run in honour of Poland's post-war Cursed Soldiers anti-communist underground set off on Sunday morning from the Warsaw Citadel.
In a letter to the participants, President Andrzej Duda wrote that the anti-communist underground in post-World War Two Poland has become part of the national historical canon, and was a sign of the Poles' general resistance to the Soviet-imposed communist regime.
"The epos of the anti-communist rising has become a lasting element of our historical canon, and the truth about (...) the Poles' general resistance to post-war Sovietisation, the heroic battles of the forest (anti-communist - PAP) units lie at the foundations of the independent Republic today," the president wrote.
Duda also reminded that the communists presented the Cursed Soldiers in a negative light for decades, and stressed that in result of "a deep change in social awareness" Poles today have rejected this as "lies".
"Our people have turned away from the lies spread over decades by communist propaganda. This deep change in social awareness we have been witness to and a part of recently is a true historical turning-point," Duda wrote.
In his letter the president also remarked that today Poles have achieved not only political but also spiritual independence, and were well aware "who the true heroes (...) and who the traitors were."
This year's Wolf's Trail event is taking place in 333 Polish localities and eight cities abroad, among them London, New York, Chicago and Vienna, and also marks Poland's 2018-falling independence centenary. Over 3,000 runners took part in the Warsaw edition of the run.
The event's organisers are the Freedom and Democracy and Free Sounds foundations.