On November 12, the remains of Poland’s presidents-in-exile, who were buried at the Polish Airmen’s Cemetery in Newark, UK, will be brought to Poland. The ceremonial burial at the Temple of Divine Providence will be a symbolic closure of their forced emigration, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
The head of government raised All Saints’ Day in his weekly podcast. As he said, keeping the memory of the dead of our families alive and taking care of their graves is something most of us carry from home.
“Visiting cemeteries reminds us of our roots and is an opportunity to tell the younger generation about them,” he said.
He pointed out that just as families take care of the memory of their loved ones, so should the state commemorate people of merit to its history or culture. At the same time, he pointed out that Polish national necropolises – Warsaw’s Powazki, Rakowicki Cemetery in Krakow, but also Vilnius’ Rossa or Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv – “shape our historical memory.”
The prime minister pointed out that there are figures of outstanding merit to Poland who, as a result of “the historical storm, found themselves in exile and, after death, were buried on foreign soil.” And he added that examples of such people are the Presidents of Poland-in-exile.
Morawiecki pointed out that among them are Władysław Raczkiewicz, August Zaleski and Stanisław Ostrowski. These prominent politicians were buried at the Polish Airmen’s Cemetery in Newark, UK.
“On November 12, their mortal remains will be brought back to their homeland. The ceremonial burial at the Temple of Divine Providence will be a symbolic closure of their forced emigration,” the Prime Minister said.
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The office of Polish presidents-in-exile was held successively by Władysław Raczkiewicz, August Zaleski, Stanisław Ostrowski, Edward Raczynski, Kazimierz Sabbat and Ryszard Kaczorowski. The remains of the first three presidents will be brought to Poland on November 12. They will rest in the newly established Mausoleum of the Polish Presidents in Exile at the Temple of Divine Providence.