On Saturday, February 28, the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies hosted an event commemorating the anti-communist insurgents and freedom fighters in Poland and the Intermarium: “Poland’s Anti-Communist Insurgents: Pro Memoriam.”
The program commenced with a lecture by Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz, who presented the history and significance of the Polish anti-Nazi, anti-Soviet resistance movement in particular, and the anti-communist underground throughout the Intermarium and Central and Eastern Europe in general. Interspersed throughout were many individual stories of freedom fighters – including many women – killed, tortured, and imprisoned by the Soviets and their puppets in Poland. Dr. Chodakiewicz’s remarks were followed by the showing of the Polish film Inka 1946: Ja jedna zginę [Inka 1946: Only I will perish].
The movie, produced by Polish Television in 2006, tells the tragic story of Danuta Siedzikówna (nom de guerre “Inka”), whose life (1928 – 1946), which was dedicated first and foremost to her country, was brutally cut short by the communists. She had joined the Polish underground to fight against the Germans during the Second World War and continued the struggle against the other enemy — the communists — for which she was arrested, tortured, and executed.
To view Dr. Chodakiewicz’s Power Point presentation, please click here: Poland’s Anti-communist Insurgents