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Polish Independence Day

On 11 November Poland celebrates the National Independence Day. (Polish: Narodowe Święto Niepodległości)

It is a national holiday day during which Polish people  commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty as the Second Polish Republic in 1918 after 123 years of partitions.

Since 1795 Poland was divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. In 1918 the World War I ended asa defeat to all those major European powers. In October 1918 the process of formation of Polish independent government and seizing power from the hands of Austrians took place. On 11 November 1918 Józef Piłsudski, founder of Polish legions who came back from German prison one day earlier, was appointed the Commander-in-Chief over the Polish Forces. Three days later Pilsudski was given complete civil control over Polish territories.

11 November was celebrated as Polish Independence Day since 1920. In the communist period it was forbidden to celebrate this day but it was restored immediately after the collapse of communism in 1989.


Source: ENRS

Photos: @Copyright Communications-Unlimited.nl 2016

Jozef Pilsudki’s house Milusin in Sulejowek

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