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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
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  • 11 October 2018

    We are delighted that a Polish Second World War hero and his men will be honoured with a memorial bench to be placed in the courtyard at the entrance to the City of Edinburgh Council Chambers in the year marking the centenary of Poland regaining its independence on the 3rd of November at 2.00pm.

    Registration for the unveiling is now open via Eventbrite:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-ceremony-of-unveiling-and-presentation-of-the-maczek-memorial-at-the-quadrangle-of-the-edinburgh-tickets-51283447171

     

    General Stanislaw Maczek was Commander of the 1st Polish Armoured Division and appointed by Winston Churchill to the role of defending Scotland’s East coast from potential invasion. He played a key role in the Battle of Normandy preventing the retreat of thousands of German soldiers and with his men liberated parts of France, Belgium and Holland.

    When the Second World War ended he was unable to return to his native Poland as it was under Soviet control as part of an allied agreement. Refused a war pension, he worked as a barman in his adopted city of Edinburgh and with his wife raised a son and two daughters.

    After the collapse of the Communist regime in Poland, the head of Chancellery of President Lech Walesa came to Edinburgh and decorated General Maczek with the Order of the White Eagle, Poland’s highest decoration awarded to the most distinguished Poles and to heads of state.

     

    When the General died in 1994 aged 102, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie represented the UK Government at his funeral and heard for the first time about his achievements. Further investigation led Lord Fraser to launch a campaign for a permanent memorial to General Maczek and his men.

    Before his untimely death, Lord Fraser launched a public appeal which was revived by family and friends forming the General Stanislaw Maczek Memorial Trust.

     

    The sculpture cast in bronze was made by Polish sculptor Bronisław Krzysztof following a public appeal to recognise the war efforts of the General and his Polish Armoured Tank Division.

     

    Practical information:

     

    Please be advised that the unveiling coincides with another event – an Indian Festival of Lights, Diwali. A procession up to the Mound is going to start from the Royal Mile outside the City Chambers at 2.00pm. There will be no vehicle access to the Royal Mile at the time of the unveiling.

     

    We are unable to provide parking facilities.

     

    Please bring your Eventbrite ticket to the event.

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