Today's ceremony, organised by the Museum in association with the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, the World Association of Home Army Soldiers, and the Łambinowice Commune, marks the events of 78 years ago – the arrival of the first transport of Warsaw insurgents to Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.
The anniversary commemoration started at 12.00 a.m. in front of the Monument to the Warsaw Insurgents – POWs of Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. After the national anthem was sung, Helena Kamerska and Stanisław Wołczaski were the first persons to speak. Following them were: Dr. Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska (director of the CMJW), Piotr Wach, Vice-Chairman of the Voivodship Assembly who represented the Marshal of Opole Voivodship, Andrzej Buła; Magdalena Merta, who read out a letter from Jan Józef Kasprzyk, Head of Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression. After that, on behalf of the families of Warsaw insurgents, spoke the son of Lamsdorf prisoner-of-war Stanisław Pietras, Jerzy Pietras.
Other important parts of the ceremony, which was held with the participation of a guard of honour from the 91st Logistics Battalion in Komprachcice, were: a roll call of remembrance, a gun salute, and laying of flowers and lighting candles at the monument.
The ceremony at the monument, which was conducted by Dr. Anna Wickiewicz (Head of the CMJW's Department of Education and Exhibition) was followed by the opening of the open-air exhibition 'The End and the Beginning. The Warsaw insurgents in the German captivity", presented in front of the Museum building in Łambinowice. The Director, Dr. Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska invited the visitors to see it, while Dr. Piotr Stanek, Head of the Research Department, on the occasion, delivered a lecture.
The commemoration enjoyed the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Prof. Piotr Gliński, the Opole Voivode, Sławomir Kłosowski, and the Marshal of Opole Voivodship, Andrzej Buła, and the media patronage of TVP 3 Opole, "Nowa Trybuna Opolska", Radio Opole S. A., Radio Doxa and "Nowiny Nyskie".
On the eve of the commemoration, 5 October, was held a meeting of Helena Kamerska with the pupils of Primaty School No. 10 in Opole, and the inauguration of a three-day They were here campaign about which we will inform in detail when it is ended.
As an attachment, you will find letters of the Marshal of Opole Voivodship, Andrzej Buła, and Józef Kasprzyk, Head of Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression.