Resistance Fighter Honoured

Poland's President Lech Kacznyski was in Zakopane yesterday to honour a controversial WWII resistance fighter - Jozef Kuras, codenamed 'Ogien' (Fire). Kuras operated in the Highland region, from where he led a group that refused to lay down arms after 1945. Like many embittered patriots, Kuras could not reconcile himself to the new Stalinist reality, even though he did in fact try to do so in the immediate aftermath of the war.

In late March 1945 Kuras transferred the fight against the nazis to one against communist agents, reforming a unit and struggling on until 1947. He was eventually killed in an ambush in February 1947.

President Kaczynski, who has done much to promote the plight of Poland's Underground Army (AK), broke his holiday yesterday to unveil the statue in Zakopane.

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United Kingdom

Ann your grandparents have been people from nation which kiling polisch soldiers. Their come with red army and made terror for polish people. We have list of jews which kills polisch yours grandparents is one of them.

Reply Aug 3rd, 2008
Ann
United States

Jozef Kuras and his gang of criminals murdered my grandparents and 10 other Jews -- all Holocaust survivors -- on May 3, 1946, just outside of Kroscienko. I am appalled to learn that this butcher has been honored with a statue!

Reply Jul 15th, 2007
Ann
United States

Jozef Kuras and his gang of criminals murdered my grandparents and 10 other Jews -- all Holocaust survivors -- on May 3, 1946, just outside of Kroscienko. I am appalled to learn that this butcher has been honored with a statue!

Reply Jul 15th, 2007