• Do not let independence go to waste!

    Edward Raczyński



  • What was the #RepublicInExile?

    Professor Norman Davies explains the history of the Polish Government-in-Exile and of the 500,000-strong community of Polish exiles in all corners of the free world that after World War II created the Republic in Exile - Poland outside Poland.



    Prof Norman Davies on the “Trail of Hope”

    Historian Prof Norman Davies introduces his new book "Trail of Hope" about the journey of the Anders Army across three continents. Poles who had been deported to Siberia and Central Asia by the Soviets and left the USSR with General Władysław Anders hoped to go back to Poland, but instead most of them remained in Britain and created the Republic in Exile.




    Stanisław Ostrowski - president who united the Republic in Exile

    Medicine doctor by trade, he became a Member of Parliament in 1930 and later served as the last Polish President of Lwów. Incarcerated and sent to Siberia by the Soviets, he journeyed with the Anders Army through the Middle East and the struggles of the Italian campaign to Britain. In 1972, he was sworn in as President of the Republic of Poland. His conciliatory character and universal popularity helped him to unite the divided political elite of the Polish emigration. After two decades of discord, the supporters of president August Zaleski (the Castle) joined with the majority of Poles abroad - until then in allegiance to the Council of Three.




    Edward Raczyński – witness of the 20th century

    Aristocrat by birth, diplomat by profession, he was posted to London in 1934. He performed a crucial role during the Second World War when the capital of the British Empire was centre stage to the Allies’ war effort. He remained active in politics after the war, also at the international level by his involvement in the European Movement. He was a member of the Council of Three throughout its existence (1954-1972). In 1979, at the age of 88, he was sworn in as President of the Republic of ‪‎Poland. He was universally respected and developed close relations with opposition leaders in Poland. Born in the era of the partitions of Poland, he lived to see his country revive twice – in 1918 and in 1989 – before he passed away in 1993 at the age of nearly 102.



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