The Assembly in Remembrance of the Cursed Soldiers

On 1st March in Poland the National Remembrance Day of the Cursed Soldiers is celebrated. Inspired by the Erasmus+ project in which we actively participate, we have hosted a remembrance assembly for two consecutive years. By doing so, we pay tribute to the Cursed Soldiers and all who were involved in the works of the Underground in the 40s and 50s.

Captain Józef Rusak, pseudonym ‘Bylina’, was one of them. He lived in Lidzbark Warmiński and during the Second World War fought in 5th Vilnius Brigade of the Home Army under the command of Zygmunt Szendzielarz – pseudonym ‘Łupaszko’. In 1945 he joined the Underground and while in Olsztyn he supported the units of the Cursed Soldiers. His apartment was used as a contact point where he supplied soldiers. In 1948 he got arrested, survived a brutal inquiry and got sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment and labour.

A group of students, members of The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association, paid a visit to Captain Józef Rusak. We recorded an interview with him and its fragments are shown during the Assembly.

Students, teachers and guests, owing to the Assembly, will be introduced to the story of a few Cursed Soldiers murdered by the communist apparatus. Students, via multimedia presentation, will tell the story of Danuta Siedzikówna – pseudonym ‘Inka’ – the paramedic of 5th Vilnius Brigade of the Home Army, Mieczysław Dzienieszkiewicz – pseudonym ‘Rój’, the staff sergeant and Major Zygmunt Szendzielarz – pseudonym ‘Łupaszko’.

Heroes of the nation will be commemorated by singing a few patriotic songs. The arrangement will be of uppermost importance. In order to express emotions and set the right mood will use lighting, sounding and musical instruments. Many of our students display great musical talents – they sing and play instruments. Some of them are endowed with brilliant acting skills and it will definitely make the celebration unforgettable. These students with their passion and devotion will allow everyone to remember and make them aware of the scope of the atrocities the totalitarian system induced onto people.

Thanks to Erasmus+ project the National Remembrance Day of the Cursed Soldiers settled for good in our school curriculum, it will be celebrated yearly with superb artistic and technical setting.