A march and rally was held in memory of the “Cursed Soldiers”, an anti-communist resistance movement in Poland which fought against the red occupation after World War II. Estimation of the Cursed Soldiers’ legacy still causes heated debates both in a Polish society and among historians, and in many ways resembles a lasting debate on the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in Ukraine.
Until now, the fate of many members of this movement is unknown, and attempts to exhume the bodies often encounter strong bureaucratic resistance. With the change of government in Poland, March 1st has become an official remembrance day of these soldiers. Participants marched through the streets of Warsaw, shouting various nationalist slogans glorifying the exploits of the underground anti-communist resistance and gradually moving to the prison that once held captive the enemies of the communist regime in Poland.
At the prison, the procession stopped and all together sang the anthem of Poland. Then the march organizers delivered their speeches and gave the floor to veterans of Armia Krajowa (Home Army) who went through the dungeons of the communist regime and survived to this day. In their speeches, veterans expressed delight that young people still remember the feats of their predecessors and called for the relentless continuation of the struggle, to finally conclude the cause which they began.
In the end, the march participants put the flowers at the prison walls and paid tribute to the fallen by a minute of silence.