Polish President marks centenary of successful military insurrection
The Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) insurgency took back the country's western region from Germany, President Andrzej Duda said during observances marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Wielkopolskie Uprising, in Mosina (western Poland), on Thursday.
The Wielkopolskie Uprising (1918–19), which was one of the two successful Polish uprisings, ended in the triumph of Polish insurgents over the Germans. The uprising broke out on December 27, 1918, in Poznań (western Poland) after a patriotic speech by Ignacy Paderewski, the famous pianist and diplomat, who became the Polish prime minister in 1919. The city was liberated on January 6, 1919. Almost the entire province was liberated by mid-January.
Under the Treaty of Versailles, signed on June 28, 1919, almost the entire Wielkopolskie province returned to Poland.
Andrzej Duda said that Mosina, a small town in the Wielkopolskie province, played a significant role in the Wielkopolskie Uprising, and stressed that over 100 insurgents were buried in the local cemetery.
"One can say that perhaps a majority of families had their representatives among the Wielkopolska insurgents. This is testimony of the unique strength of tradition, the tradition of Polishness and the tradition of fighting for Poland in various ways that could be seen here," the President stressed.
The President noted that until 1918 the region had been under the Prussian rule, and recalled previous pro-independence initiatives in the area. Had it not been for the final successful uprising, Poland would not have regained a part of Greater Poland, Andrzej Duda said, referring to plebiscites that were held in other regions at that time.
Earlier the President attended a Mass in a Poznań church and laid a wreath at the grave of the uprising's commander, Gen. Stanisław Taczak.(PAP)