Monument to the Defenders of the Polish Post

 

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On the first day of World War II a group of 50 employees of the post office under the command of Konrad Guderski fought for 14 hours and resisted fierce attacks from German forces.


Hitler's soldiers were not able to take control of the building despite their great superiority in numbers and the support of howitzers and armoured vehicles. The heroic defenders gave up only when threatened that the building would be soaked in petrol and burnt to the ground. Their heroism is commemorated in the Post Office Museum and by a monument depicting an injured postal worker atop scattered mail, handing over his rifle to Nike, Greek goddess of victory. It was designed by Wincenty Kucma in 1979 and bears an epitaph written by Maria and Zygfryd Korpalski in 1979.



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