Monday, April 25, 2016

Uhlan burried - 65 years after death

last Sunday  the Polish state, including the President of the Republic, military officials and units, Catholic Church, historical reenactors, football fans, and many thousands of mourners took part in the official funeral of the famous 2nd Łupaszka - colonel  Zygmunt Szendzielarz, uhlan of the 4th regiment of Niemen Uhlans (4 pułk Ułanow Zaniemeńskich) and later commanding officer of a famous Home Army unit ( The 5th Vilnius Home Army Brigade)  in the north-eastern Poland (pre-1939 borders, thanks to the Allied agreement at Yalta 1945 etc). The funeral took place 65 years after the murder and secret burial of Lupaszka by the Communist regime secret police apparatus.

2nd Lupaszka took his pseudonym / nome-de-guerre after the famous Polish cavalryman, hero of the World War I (fought on the Imperial Russian side), Polish-Bolshevik War (at first in the Polish volunteer cavalry not unlike the old gentry national levy) and War of 1939 ( commanding the 110 Rezerwowy Pułk Ułanów, and had under his command famous major 'Hubal' Henryk Dobrzański), colonel Jerzy Dąbrowski/Dąmbrowski - he was murdered by the Soviets crica fall 1940 -winter 1941 and his remains have not been found. They were both members of the Polish minority that currently lives divided into Lithuania and Belarus.

The state and various TV stations transmitted the ceremonies, and I found some videos on youtube showing the preparation and actual funerary procession.
Preparations of the procession - [1 ]
The funerary procession - [  2 ]
and another video  [ 3 ]
In the second video you can see first the uhlans  on horseback wearing the colors of the 4th Uhlan regiment and various other military and reenactor units, while in the 12 minute or so - a saddled horse covered with black mourning cape being lead along the hearse with the casket covered with the Poland's National Colors.

Pacem Aeternam to this uhlan.


Dario T. W. said...,lupaszka--pogrzeb-spozniony-65-lat,42776

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Dario T. W. said...

Hrebionka was the site of the battle where the 4th uhlan regiment became famous for their successful charge against the Soviet troops in 1920 - map

Dario T. W. said... - more photos and text (in Polish) and vidoes

Dario T. W. said...

before the funeral in Warsaw there was ceremonial mass said by the archbishop Marek Jędraszewski at the Lodz Cathedral, City of Lodz on April 21, 2015 - the Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz spoke at this mass

Dario T. W. said...

Finally, the President of Polish Republic, pan Andrzej Duda spoke at the Warsaw funeral rites

Unknown said...

Pozwolę sobie po polsku, bo właściwie tylko naszej historii moja uwaga dotyczy. Bardzo chciałam podziekować, za wyjaśnienie pochodzenia pseudonimu "Łupaszka". Nie ukrywam, że brzmiało mi to źle "Łupaszka".. jakoś bandycko. Proszę o dalsze wyjasnienie źródłosłowu. Pozdrawiam. Małgosia

Dario T. W. said...

o Łupaszce pierwszym -
Z pseudonimem to jest roznie, niektorzy mowia ze to gwarowa nazwa na niedzwiedzia, inni ze ma cos wspolnego z jego choroba Gravesa-Basedowa, alob takze ze byla to nazwa ktora nadali mu bolszewicy.. ktorych łupał ( ) jak tylko i gdzie tylko mógł...