Convention of descendants of Polish soldiers interned in Switzerland during World War II 24.11.2013 r.
On 23 November 2013, in the Swiss town of Solura, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, Dr. Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski, took part in the third convention of descendants of Polish soldiers interned in Switzerland during World War II. The convention began with a mass in the Hospital Church of the Holy Spirit celebrated by Fr. Gregor Piotrowski, the parish priest in Langenthal. This meeting was also attended by the Mayor of Solura and a member of the Swiss National Council Kurt Fluri, the Head of the Consular Department of the Polish Embassy in Bern Marek Wieruszewski, Włodzimierz Cieszkowski – an ex-serviceman interned in Switzerland during the war, and the President of the Kościuszko Association (Kościuszko-Gesellschaft) Thomas Wallner.
Visit at the German concentration camp of Dachau 21.11.2013 r.
On 21 November 2013, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, Dr. Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski, paid a visit to the Nazi German concentration camp of Dachau during which he laid flowers under the plaque commemorating the camp’s Polish victims. Dr. Ciechanowski was accompanied by Consul Aleksander Korybut-Woroniecki of the Polish Consulate General in Munich.
On 1 November 2013, the Polish Ambassador to Spain Tomasz Arabski and the Mayor of Zaragoza Juan Antonio Belloch Julve unveiled a plaque in the Santa Engracia Basilica square in Zaragoza, Spain, commemorating Polish soldiers who fought in the capital city of Aragon in the years 1808-1809. The ceremony, which was preceded by a mass, was attended among others by Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski – the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, Gen. Jerónimo de Gregorio – the Military Commander of Zaragoza, Ángel Val Pradilla – the Deputy Delegate of the Spanish Government in Zaragoza, Gonzalo Aguado Aguarón – the Chairman of the “Siege of Zaragoza” Cultural Association, and the Rev. Julián Luis Díez González – the parish priest of the Parish of Santa Engracia.
69th anniversary of the liberation of Breda 28.10.2013 r.
On 27 October 2013, a Polish delegation led by the Deputy Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression Bożena Żelazowska, visited the Dutch city of Breda to participate in commemorating the 69th anniversary of the city’s liberation from the Germans by the 1st Polish Armoured Division under the command of Gen. Stanisław Maczek. The ceremony, organised by the Netherlands section of the 1st Polish Armoured Division Association and the Ginneken 1944 Remembrance Committee, was attended by veterans of these battles who travelled in from Poland and the Netherlands, representatives of state institutions and the local authorities, local Polish organisations and the city’s residents.
On 19-20 October, Dr. Jan Stanisław Ciechanowski, the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, participated in ceremonies commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig. Commemorative ceremonies, organised by the Polish Cultural Institute (IPK) in Leipzig (a branch of the IKP in Berlin), were held on 19 October, at the monument commemorating the death of Prince Józef Poniatowski in the River Elster, the commander of the Polish forces and the only foreigner promoted to the rank of marshal of France by Napoleon (in the course of the battle of Leipzig). Participants in this event included among others: former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karl Schwarzenberg, the Minister of Arts and Sciences of Saxony Prof. Sabine von Schorlemer, Deputy Ambassador of the Polish Republic to the German Federal Republic Andrzej Szynka, Deputy Mayor of Leipzig Torsten Bonew, the Polish Honorary Consul in Leipzig Markus Kopp, the Chairman of the Kraków City Council Bogusław Kośmider, the Deputy Director of the Leipzig branch of the Polish Cultural Institute based in Berlin Ambassador Wojciech Więckowski and the President of the Polish-Saxon Society Maria Diersch.