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    Remembering Wojciech Korfanty: 84th Anniversary of a Visionary Leader’s Passing

    On this day, we commemorate the 84th anniversary of the passing of Wojciech Korfanty, a pivotal political leader whose influence on the national reawakening of the Poles of Upper Silesia continues to resonate. Korfanty’s enduring commitment to the pursuit of freedom and independence from German rule remains an inspiration to many, as he played a significant role in shaping the destiny of his people.

    Forging a Path to Freedom: Wojciech Korfanty’s Visionary Leadership in Challenging Times

    Wojciech Korfanty emerged as a visionary leader during a tumultuous period in history when the Polish population in Upper Silesia sought to break free from German dominance. As a central figure in the Third Silesian Uprising, Korfanty’s legacy as a co-creator of the rebirth of the Republic of Poland stands tall. His remarkable journey was guided by a democratic ethos rooted in Christian universalism, a principle that underpinned his actions and convictions.

    Korfanty’s political journey took a significant turn in 1903 when he secured a seat in the German parliament, the Reichstag. Notably, he became the first Upper Silesian to join the Polish parliamentary group, thereby solidifying his position as a prominent Polish voice within Germany’s political landscape. His unwavering dedication to his people’s cause earned him recognition as one of the most prominent Polish politicians in Germany.

    A Defining Moment: The Third Silesian Uprising and Korfanty’s Bold Pursuit of Territorial Justice

    The year 1921 witnessed a crucial juncture in Korfanty’s life and his contribution to Poland’s struggle for territorial sovereignty. Faced with unfavourable negotiations regarding the division of Upper Silesia, the Polish side made a resolute choice: resorting to armed conflict as a political demonstration of the Upper Silesians’ will. The Third Silesian Uprising erupted on May 2/3, 1921, and Korfanty assumed a role of leadership as the uprising’s head, essentially becoming a dictator.

    During the Third Silesian Uprising, Korfanty’s objective was succinct yet profound: to stage an armed demonstration that would sway international opinion towards a revised division of Upper Silesia. This, in turn, would lead to the incorporation of a substantial portion of the region, including its vital industrial district, into Poland. Korfanty’s strategy hinged on achieving political victory through a policy of fait accompli, wherein areas with a majority of plebiscite participants favouring Poland would be occupied, thus paving the way for the region’s reintegration.

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