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Wojciech Korfanty's monument unveiled in Warsaw

published: 2019-11-05 14:23, mlan
Wojciech Korfanty's monument unveiled in Warsaw. fot. Wojciech Korfanty's monument unveiled in Warsaw.

On 25 October 2019 Polish MP Wojciech Korfanty's monument was unveiled in Warsaw, marking the 101st anniversary of his Reichstag speech, in which he demanded the unification of all Polish lands in line with point 13 of President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points statement.


The monument is located at the Royal Tract, at the intersection of Ujazdowskie Avenue and Agrykola Street. It was funded by the City of  Warsaw.
In his welcome speech to the delegations from Silesia, Silesian MPs, senators, MEPs and local government officials attending the unveiling ceremony, Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski emphasised that "Thanks to our cooperation, today we can unveil in Warsaw this much-needed monument”.

"Korfanty, the son of the Silesian land, firmly identifying as a Polish citizen, was not only a great patriot and contributor to our independence. He also became the symbol of the consequences a person standing firm by their beliefs may face. Although Wojciech Korfanty did so much for Poland, the authorities of the Second Polish Republic were determined to destroy him. He fell victim to a smear campaign against him. As a Christian democrat, he rejected extreme views. His beliefs were far from those espoused by Communists, as well as extreme Nationalists. When parliamentary democracy in the Second Polish Republic was falling apart, he stood up to defend it. Korfanty did not approve of the authoritarian, antidemocratic direction taken by the Sanation movement. He opposed to Silesian people’s rights being trampled on. In 1930 this led to his imprisonment in the Brest Fortress, together with other opposition politicians, where he was subjected to physical and mental torture," said Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski during the ceremony.

The ceremony was attended, among others, by President of Poland Andrzej Duda, Deputy Marshal of the Sejm Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Feliks Korfanty, the grandson of Wojciech Korfanty, as well as representatives of Upper Silesian cities and associations.
The ceremony closed with a performance by the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble, which sang popular Silesian songs such as "Karlik" and "Szła dzieweczka"