niedziela, 30 października 2011

Happened in 1943

Few days ago I went, with my son Michal, to pay my respect to my granddad Jan Zawislak at his grave in Popkowice, small village, where he lived (see one of my first posts). In the same cemetary I found a grave of 12 men died in 1943 in a near village Skorczyce. I took its picture
It would be one of many such stories which happened during the WWII. But my grandparents and my mom (which was 7 years old) lived there and then and my mom still remember the story. It was a typical nazi revenge action - partizans killed a nazi in the village - he lived in a brewery in Popkowice. Probably he was a problem for people. But nazis took a revenge, very not fair one. They set a fire to a building in the nearby village Skorczyce and when villagers came to help, nazis shoot them down.
People made a  great funeral to the victims. Many people from Skorczyce and Popkowice came, also my grandparents with my mom. Though the priest was afraid of nazis, he was also forced to come to make the funeral in a Christian way. Here are two photos taken then, in September 1943.

3 komentarze:

Bob Scotney pisze...

A story that needs to be told and told again. An historic piece and a massacre that I had heard about - it must not be forgotten.

Brett Payne pisze...

Yes, I agree, it's important to remember such events, and wonderful that you have some photos to share of it too.


while I am not especially fond of religions, I still believe freedom of expression to be primordial, and that people live in fear is to me an abomination. A good thing the nazy regime did not prevail beyond WW2, though some still believe in it, unfortunately...

I find the last picture rather stunning, and the story you tell, well, one can only hope:
never again!!

but History has proven otherwise...