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  • 20 May 2014

    The 2nd Polish Corps Memorial was established thanks to the efforts of individuals and institutions, who decided that such a symbolic place as the Polish War Cemetery at Monte Cassino merited a commemoration site where the story of the odyssey of general Anders` army who became victors of the one of the most ferocious battles of WWII, would be made widely known.

    During the inauguration, which took place on the eve of the major celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Monte Cassino, were present: Prime Minister Donald Tusk, General Władysław Anders` daughter - Ms. Anna Maria Anders, Mrs Karolina Kaczorowska, the widow of the last President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, veterans and combatants of battle in Monte Cassino and numerous scouts and visitors.

    Museum commemorates the history of the 2nd Polish Corps of General Władysław Anders and brave fight of polish soldiers. "Here, at Monte Cassino, Polish soldiers went on to win not only for the Italian soil. The real taste of this victory got to know the next generations, decades later" said Donald Tusk.

    Polish Prime Minister highlighted, that thanks to the efforts of people who contributed the creation of this museum "today we are experiencing this extraordinary moments of emotion."

     

    "Soon you will see the exhibition and will be just as touched as we are, who had the honor to see this wonderful effect of your efforts as the first. All here today is a wonderful, extremely moving symbol of our dramatic and tragic history, this continuous Polish struggle for liberty" – pointed.

     

    Prime Minister pointed also the symbolic presence on Monte Cassino of "two generations" veterans and Polish scouts, who "want to move the memory of the heroism of Polish soldiers at Monte Cassino to the future."

    The initiator of this project was the Association of Poles in Italy and the Embassy of Poland in Rome. The museum was established thanks to the generosity of donors from around the world. Fundraising took place in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Italy and Poland.

     

    The mission of this Museum is to commemorate the contribution of Polish soldiers in the liberation of Italy, and at the same time to promote knowledge about Poland. It will play an important educational role for the Polish visitors to Monte Cassino. The exhibition presents the history of the deportation of polish soldiers to Siberia, forming process of the 2nd Corps, their passage through the Middle East to Italy, participation in the battles for the liberation and their history in postwar years. Additionally, in the Museum there are also two multimedia points - the first one dedicated to the Polish War Cemeteries in Italy with a searcher of graves from four polish cemeteries: Monte Cassino, Bologne, Loreto and Casamassima. The second point, is dedicated to the children and tells the story of the bear Wojtek who "became a soldier,"

     

    Project of the 2nd Polish Corps Memorial was designed by Pietro Rogacień - the son of a Polish soldier of the 2nd Polish Corps who fought in the battle of Monte Cassino. The building is made of local stone and sited next to the entrance of the cemetery. Such a location fits well with the surroundings and the architecture of the cemetery. Authors of the exhibitions are, prof. Krystyna Joworska (also the daughter of the soldiers of the 2nd Corps) and Paolo Morawski.

    Construction plaque
    Construction plaque

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