Honoring the fighters of the 1944
Warsaw Uprising in Krasnystaw
The 70th anniversary of the
Uprising in Warsaw was remembered in the town of Krasnystaw on October
3, 2014. The program was organized by the “Krasnystaw Cultural-Social
Initiative” and by the “Regional Society of Friends of Żółkiewka” and
its President, Mr. Bohdan Kielbasa. Several citizens of Krasnystaw
participated in 1944 in the uprising in Warsaw and some of them perished
in fighting. Among them were three of the four children of Dr. Edmund
Wajszczuk (0075), who initially had his medical practice for several
years in Żółkiewka and later in Krasnystaw.
Program of remembrances – “FROM KRASNYSTAW TO THE BARRICADES OF
WARSAW” on October 3, 2014 included:
3:00pm – Holy Mass in the
church of St. Franciszek Ksawery
4:00pm – Unveiling of a memorial plaque at Plac 3 Maja (3rd of
Square), corner of Żurka street – (Dr. Wajszczuk’s house)
5:00pm – Solemn Cultural Program – in the Krasnystaw House
about the preparations and planning (e-mails):
August 9, 2014 – BK to WJW:
waiting for official approval, invitation, exact datestill not
August 13, 2014 – WJW to BK:
||Unable to attend, but advised to
contact other members of the immediate family in Poland – Teresa
Jaroszyńska, Jan Leszczyłowski and Anna Świderska. Referred to
the previously published information and photographs:
materials and albums of family photographs were submitted on a
September 23, 2014 – BK to WJW:
received copies of
the official printed invitations (see above)
October 4, 2014 – BK to WJW:
Report from the
events – full text:
I would like to
inform you that the yesterday’s ceremony of unveiling of the
commemorative plaque in Krasnystaw had a very solemn character.
After a Holy Mass at the “Cathedral” church, where 15 standart-bearer
delegations from several high schools from the County and the
City and delegation of the officials from the County and City
administrations from Krasnystaw and Żółkiewka took part, the
group of participants, escorted by a Police detachment, marched
to the location of the former residence of Dr. Edmund Wajszczuk.
After a short speech reminding the patriotic, but how tragic
story of His Family, a memorial plaque was unveiled, which
included all Uprising participants (from Krasnystaw).
Flowers were laid, votive candles were lit-up and a plaque
displaying 18 names of insurgents was blessed. We were also able
to stamp in metal commemorative medals with forenames and
surnames of Dr. Wajszczuk’s children and of one soldier and one
policeman, who died in fighting. Copies of the medal were handed
to the school and official delegations. In total, 120 medals
were made. The ceremony ended with thanking the official
delegations for their participation.
Somewhat later, a
solemn stage presentation with re-enactment of the celebrated
events took place in the Krasnystaw House of Culture (KDK).
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content centered around the story of “Basia” Wajszczuk – a
combat nurse. Many in the audience were observed to wipe off
their tears. An exhibit of enlarged photographs, based on those
sent to us, was presented in the KDK. The submitted by you,
precious factual and photographic materials, after their use,
will be deposited in the County Public Library, to make them
available to other interested individuals.
will use them for a beautiful subject of a scientific
dissertation. It is my impression that we have properly
fulfilled our duty/”debts” towards “Our Heroes” and their memory
will live for a long time. I will send you later the visual
material, after it’s editing and, perhaps, also a copy of the
October 4, 2014 – WJW to BK:
A thank you note.
Announcing a new “Heroes” page - ”KATYN”.
(received from Wojtek Miezal)
Prepared by: Waldemar J Wajszczuk & Paweł Stefaniuk