[Rushtalk] Poland buries remains of World War II resistance commander
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue May 3 18:18:01 MDT 2016
If someone is buried in a "mass grave",
how do they know who is in there and whose
remains are whose?!? Do they do DNA tests on everything? - jaq
At 01:47 PM 5/3/2016, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>Poland buries remains of World War II resistance commander
>By the Associated Press | April 24, 2016 | 4:35 PM EDT AddThis Sharing
>Young men dressed in World War II Polish Army
>uniforms walk next to the coffin with the
>remains of Zygmunt Szendzielarz during his
>funeral in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 24,
>2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda and
>government ministers have taken part in the
>state burial of Szendzielarz, a World War II
>resistance commander and communist regime victim
>whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
>WARSAW, Poland (AP) Poland's president and
>government ministers attended the state burial
>Sunday of a World War II resistance commander
>and communist regime victim whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave.
>The funeral at Warsaw's Powazki military
>cemetery was part of democratic Poland's efforts
>to remind the nation about facts and figures
>from the past that were taboo themes under
>decades of communism for example, resistance
>against the regime and the persecution it was met with.
>The current conservative government of the Law
>and Justice party is especially focused on
>honoring wartime and communist-era independence
>fighters who were imprisoned, executed and
>secretly dumped in unmarked mass graves by the
>communist regime in the 1940s and '50s. Only a
>few of the graves have been found.
>One of the victims was Col. Zygmunt
>Szendzielarz, codename "Lupaszka," who was
>executed in a Warsaw prison in 1951, aged 41. An
>officer of a mounted regiment, he fought against
>the Nazi German and Soviet invasion in September
>1939 and later led an underground resistance movement.
>He continued his fight for Poland's sovereignty
>after communism was imposed on Poland in 1945.
>Secret security agents arrested him in 1948 and he was given a death sentence.
>"Today, 65 years later, as we honor Col.
>Szendzielarz with these ceremonies, we are
>giving Poland its dignity back," President
>Andrzej Duda said during a funeral Mass at the
>Powazki church. "Dignity that was trampled by
>those who tortured and murdered" Szendzielarz.
>"Today, Poland has top authorities who remember,
>honor and appreciate" such fighters, Duda said.
>Szendzielarz's remains were found in 2013 among
>dozens of others, buried in sand under wild
>grass in a Powazki corner. Szendzielarz and some
>others were identified through DNA tests. A
>white stone memorial has been since put up at the site.
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