Many thanks for the post Gary. I have watched this many times over since it was posted on YouTube, which is an absolute gold mine for some of these very rare snippets of footage from pre-war Poland. Riveting stuff. So many fascinating scenes throughout, including a glimpse of the German delegation. One can watch this over and over and still see new things each time.
My father was a 13 year old boy when Pilsudski died and vividly remembers the day the train carrying Pilsudski’s coffin passed through the local strain station outside Kielce on its way to Krakow. The entire town was present along the tracks as the train passed by carrying the coffin out on open display sitting atop an artillery gun. It remains one of his clearest memories, including that of being in Pilsudski’s midst several years earlier during a visit to Kielce – perhaps to commemorate the anniversary of the Marshall’s Cadre Company attempt here at sparking a national uprising in August 1914.
Thanks again for the post. Highly recommended viewing to anyone with even the slightest interest in Polish military history.
I did seem some more film somewhere else, .. and it showed the soldiers dressed in their WZ31 helmets and greatcoats with the military standards outside the building where Pilsudski's coffin was held.
They looked immaculate, ... and impressive, as the coffin was moved through the ranks !
Here is a photo i took 2 years ago of the great mans final resting place under the Krakow Cathedral in Wawel Castle, Krakow.
It's a very sacred place. The Sikorski tomb as well as many other poles of note are there! To me it had a much more intimate feel than in the Pantheon in Paris.
Thanks for posting as i never knew where the great man was interred, i've walked down ul Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego many times though!..
It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...
Pilsudzkis body was embalmed and was on display for a few years in this coffin, it had a glass lid, the embalming was not very good quality and soon after the lid was put on has not been opened since. He also donated his brain to a university for study, his heart went to be buried at the feet of his mothers grave along with his war decorations (now Lithuania). He certainly knew how to make people remember the legend long after he was gone!!!
Just to show what you ment by Marshal Pilsudski on display, I have found the following photogrpahs of the Marshal in the Wawel after his death in May 1935.
the 2nd shows a family looking in at the body of Marshal Pilsudski some time iafter his funeral in May 1935
Please click on both photographs ro enlarge
I hope that you find them interesting
Wow great photos Andrzejku! Much Appreciated!!
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The documentary I had watched a while ago said that he wanted, in his will ,for his decorations buried with his mother, but it didn't mention the extent of which decorations, if it happened after the coffin was closed it could be a possibility. Would be great if anyone knows the documented truth to this? Are they on Pilsudzki, stored somewhere or in the ground in Vilnius?