In a personal, heartfelt letter to those who survived the brutal crackdown, President Duda said that despite the hope of a better life, following the “nightmare of warfare, crime, destruction, disease and hunger” of WWII, Poland quickly found itself in the Soviet “prison of nations”.
As fighting raged between protesting workers and communist forces, 13-year-old Roman Strzałkowski went to the shops to buy some ham. His lifeless body was later discovered on the grounds of the Secret Police sitting upright in a chair with a gunshot wound in his chest. Speculation has raged ever since as to how the boy died. Some researchers say that he died from a stray shot or a ricochet. Others believe something more sinister.