Anniversary of the liberation of Stalag 344 Lamsdorf

Today, in front of the Monument to the Martyrdom of Prisoners-of-War in Łambinowice, was marked the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. The event, organised by the Museum and the Łambinowice Commune Office, enjoyed the honorary patronage of: the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Prof. Dr. Piotr Gliński, the Opole Voivode, Sławomir Kłosowski, and the Opole Voivodship Marshal, Andrzej Buła.

The commemoration commenced at 12.00 o'clock. The first person who spoke, on behalf of witnesses to history, was a Warsaw insurgent, Stanisław Wołczaski. He was followed by a speech delivered by Dr. Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska, Director of the Museum, who represented the organisers, and then by Sławomir Kłosowski, Opole Voivode, as well as Antoni Konopka, a member of the Self-government of Opole Province, Magdalena Merta, representing Jan Józef Kasprzyk, Head of Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression. The commemorative speeches were delivered by Gieorgij Beridze, who spoke on behalf presented at the ceremony Ważja Tordija, the son of Shaliko Tordija, a Georgian soldier and Soviet prisoner-of-war who died in Stalag 344 Lamsdorf.

Everyone then listened in contemplation to a moving prayer for the victims of Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. It was said by: Rev. Major Emil Skobel, Chaplain of the 10th Logistics Brigade in Opole and a representative of military ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church; Rev. Protoejej Grzegorz Cebulski, a priest of Orthodox Church Military Ordinariate of the Wrocław Garrison; Fr. Gabriel (Ramaz Djikiya from Georgia, accompanying Ważja Tordija); Rev. Wojciech Pracki from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession Parish in Pokój; Marek Marossanyi from the Jewish Community of Wrocław. Anna Wickiewicz, who led the ceremony, read out a letter on behalf of Dr. Marek Moron of the Muslim Religious Association in Poland, who was absent.

After the prayer, Lieutenant Konrad Winkler from the guard of honour of the 91st Logistics Battalion in Komprachcice read out the Roll Call of Remembrance. It was followed by a gun salute. The ceremony concluded with a laying of wreaths and lighting of candles.

The ceremony was held with military assistance from the 91st Logistic Battalion in Komprachcice, and the musical setting was provided by the Representative Band of the Land Forces in Wrocław conducted by Second Lieutenant Łukasz Turek.

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