Source: Republic of Poland in English
Wartime anti-Nazi resistance fighter and erstwhile Association of Warsaw Insurgents head Brigadier General Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski, who died on August 3 aged 101, was laid to rest at Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw on Friday.
“We will remember him as a man carrying a deposit of generational experiences to the very end,” President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter read at the funeral ceremony. As Andrzej Duda stressed, the general belonged to a great generation of patriots formed in the independent Republic of Poland, whose youth was brutally interrupted by the aggression of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.
This generation of free Poland became a war generation from day to day, the President noted, adding that those who survived were forced to carry through the post-war decades “the memory of tragic experiences and the legacy of lost freedom.” As Andrzej Duda pointed out, the general was forced to conceal his true identity and “instead of spreading the wings, he had to hide from the watchful eyes of the totalitarian regime. Only post-communist Poland paid due honours to its heroes,” the President stressed.
Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski (b. March 10 1917), also known under the a.k.a.s Motyl and Stanisław, was a former Polish aviator, soldier, and participant of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising during World War II. A former Polish Air Force officer, he fought alongside the Polish wartime resistance movement since 1940, rising through the ranks of the underground Home Army (AK).
Ścibor-Rylski retired with the rank of brigadier general, he was awarded with several Polish distinctions, including the Virtuti Militari medal, Poland’s highest miliatry decoration. He was Chairman of the Association of Warsaw Insurgents.
Ścibor-Rylski was among the initiators of the Warsaw Uprising Museum. (PAP)