Some 80 years after his death, Ciapek has found himself standing alongside Poland’s other hero animals after having his story immortalised courtesy of an animated film produced for the Institute of National Remembrance.
Poland's Foreign Ministry has expressed its discontent over the Ukrainian parliament commemorating the leader of the wartime Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Stepan Bandera.
The Polish government has published details of a diplomatic note it sent to Germany demanding EUR 1.32 trillion in compensation for the damage inflicted on Poland during the Second World War.
Four memorials to the Soviet Red Army will be taken down on Thursday morning, the head of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), the body charged with investigating wartime and communist-era crimes, said on Wednesday.
In the coming weeks, a draft resolution may be presented to the Council of Europe regarding the possibility of countries from beyond the former Iron Curtain claiming war reparations from Germany, PAP has been told by a ruling party MP.
The photos of the legendary unit which fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino belonged to Captain Wincenty Tomaszewski, an officer of the Carpathian Lancers who after the war settled in Grimsby, UK.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said he is “convinced” Germany will pay Poland reparations for the destruction the country suffered at German hands during WWII.
Dr. Karol Nawrocki from the Institute of National Remembrance said: “Unfortunately, most Poles do not know the story of Blind Antek. We want to show him in a broader context… he is a figure that should be ingrained in Poland’s conscience and who should be remembered by history.”
The memorial, in the western village of Mikuliszki, consisted of the remains of the wartime headquarters of a Polish Home Army unit whose members died in combat in the area in 1944.
Organized by the National Institute of Remembrance (IPN), the project, titled ‘Trails of Hope; the Odyssey of Freedom’, was originally undertaken to mark the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the operation that saw both civilians and soldiers evacuated from the USSR as part of the so-called Anders Army.