|Mr Marek Franczak, son of the last of 'The Cursed Soldiers' in conversation with a man from Luton, one of the organisers|
What was about to take place next to the Polish Church in Ealing Broadway?
A meeting with these two men to talk about some controversial and tragic events in the Polish 20th century history. Kajetan Rajski is a young law student and already accomplished publicist with a number of published books and materials. Born in 1994, he is famous for a book which contains his interviews with the children of the so-called 'Silent-Unseen'. Maybe we should think of an event like this with an English translation so not only Polish people could learn about this important aspect of our past.
|Setting up a room: Mr Kajetan Rajski with the organisers|
what Dear Wiki has to say about people like Mr Rajski's father, Jozef Rajczak:
'The "cursed soldiers" (also known as "disavowed soldiers", "accursed soldiers" or "damned soldiers"; Polish: Żołnierze wyklęci) is a term applied to a variety of anti-communist Polish resistance movements formed in the later stages of World War II and its aftermath by some members of the Polish Underground State. These clandestine organisations continued their armed struggle against the Stalinist government of Poland well into the 1950s. The guerrilla warfare included an array of military attacks launched against the communist regime's prisons and state security offices, detention facilities for political prisoners and concentration camps that were set up across the country. Most of the Polish anti-communist groups ceased to exist in the late 1940s or 1950s, hunted down by agents of the Ministry of Public Security and Soviet NKVD assassination squads. However, the last known 'cursed soldier', Józef Franczak, was killed in an ambush as late as 1963, almost 20 years after the Soviet take-over of Poland.'