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Honoring the fighters of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising in Krasnystaw

The 70th anniversary of the Uprising in Warsaw was remembered in the town of Krasnystaw on October 3, 2014. The program was organized by the “Krasnystaw Cultural-Social Initiative” and by the “Regional Society of Friends of Żółkiewka” and its President, Mr. Bohdan Kielbasa. Several citizens of Krasnystaw participated in 1944 in the uprising in Warsaw and some of them perished in fighting. Among them were three of the four children of Dr. Edmund Wajszczuk (0075), who initially had his medical practice for several years in Żółkiewka and later in Krasnystaw.

Program of remembrances – “FROM KRASNYSTAW TO THE BARRICADES OF WARSAW” on October 3, 2014 included:

3:00pm – Holy Mass in the church of St. Franciszek Ksawery
4:00pm – Unveiling of a memorial plaque at Plac 3 Maja (3rd of May
              Square), corner of Żurka street – (Dr. Wajszczuk’s house)
5:00pm – Solemn Cultural Program – in the Krasnystaw Ho
use of Culture

Briefly, about the preparations and planning (e-mails):

August 9, 2014 – BK to WJW: General plans, waiting for official approval, invitation, exact datestill not known.
August 13, 2014 – WJW to BK: Unable to attend, but advised to contact other members of the immediate family in Poland – Teresa Jaroszyńska, Jan Leszczyłowski and Anna Świderska. Referred to the previously published information and photographs:

Additional materials and albums of family photographs were submitted on a CD.

September 23, 2014 – BK to WJW: received copies of the official printed invitations (see above)
October 4, 2014 – BK to WJW: Report from the events – full text:

“Warm greetings,

I would like to inform you that the yesterday’s ceremony of unveiling of the commemorative plaque in Krasnystaw had a very solemn character. After a Holy Mass at the “Cathedral” church, where 15 standart-bearer delegations from several high schools from the County and the City and delegation of the officials from the County and City administrations from Krasnystaw and Żółkiewka took part, the group of participants, escorted by a Police detachment, marched to the location of the former residence of Dr. Edmund Wajszczuk. After a short speech reminding the patriotic, but how tragic story of His Family, a memorial plaque was unveiled, which included all Uprising participants (from Krasnystaw). Flowers were laid, votive candles were lit-up and a plaque displaying 18 names of insurgents was blessed. We were also able to stamp in metal commemorative medals with forenames and surnames of Dr. Wajszczuk’s children and of one soldier and one policeman, who died in fighting. Copies of the medal were handed to the school and official delegations. In total, 120 medals were made. The ceremony ended with thanking the official delegations for their participation.

Somewhat later, a solemn stage presentation with re-enactment of the celebrated events took place in the Krasnystaw House of Culture (KDK). ouse of CukltureHouse of CultureIts content centered around the story of “Basia” Wajszczuk – a combat nurse. Many in the audience were observed to wipe off their tears. An exhibit of enlarged photographs, based on those sent to us, was presented in the KDK. The submitted by you, precious factual and photographic materials, after their use, will be deposited in the County Public Library, to make them available to other interested individuals.

Perhaps, somebody will use them for a beautiful subject of a scientific dissertation. It is my impression that we have properly fulfilled our duty/”debts” towards “Our Heroes” and their memory will live for a long time. I will send you later the visual material, after it’s editing and, perhaps, also a copy of the medal.

Warm greeting,

Bohdan Kielbasa



October 4, 2014 – WJW to BK: A thank you note. Announcing a new “Heroes” page - ”KATYN”.

See the map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z802NxLIUXAY.kKLHv0nYKyhQ

Commemorative plaque
(received from Wojtek Miezal)

Prepared by: Waldemar J Wajszczuk & Paweł Stefaniuk 2017
e-mail: wwajszczuk@comcast.net