Vandal attacks Polish 'Cursed Soldiers' mural
PR dla Zagranicy
The word “murderer” has been painted onto part of a Gdańsk mural depicting one of Poland's “Cursed Soldiers”, major Zygmunt Szendzielarz, also known as Łupaszko.
Part of Gdańsk's mural to "Cursed Soldiers". Photo: PAP/Adam Warżawa.
Local police are investigating the vandalism.
The 160-metre long mural, which was commissioned by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance and completed less than a year ago, commemorates Szendzielarz and a number of other so-called “Cursed Soldiers” who fought against the imposition of communism in Poland.
Poland's official underground army (AK) was disbanded in January 1945, but thousands of Poles continued to fight in other formations, as the Red Army extended its grip across the country.
Szendzielarz was arrested in 1948, transported to Warsaw and imprisoned by the communist authorities. He was interrogated about 50 times. In a show trial, he was sentenced to death, and executed in February 1951. (vb)