One hundred years ago today the treaty ending the Polish-Soviet war was signed in Riga.
The Peace of Riga meant an official ending to a bloody conflict between a reborn Poland
and the Soviet Union and established the Republic of Poland’s borders until the Yalta
and Potsdam Conferences when they were redrawn again.
Thanks to a donation from The Ministry of Polish Cultural Heritage we have digitised the collections of Jozef Pilsudski’s brothers: Jan, Bronislaw and Kazimierz.
They are available to view on our website. The collections contain fascinating materials which document their work but also some more personal documents, often humorous memories and anecdotes about Marshal Jozef Pilsudski.
On the 15th August 1920, on the outskirts of Poland’s capital city, a battle took place which thwarted Soviet attempts to spread the Bolshevik revolution throughout western Europe.
Edgar D’Abernon, a British politician and diplomat, has claimed that the Battle of Warsaw is one of the 18 most significant battles in human history as Poland’s victory over the Soviets halted the spread of communism further westwards into Europe.
Olga Topol’s article on the work of Jan Kowalewski featured below outlines some of the reasons behind Poland’s success.
He devoted his life to serving Poland. He was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, the Silver Cross of the Virtuti Militari Military Order, the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and three times the Cross of Valor as well as many other medals.
May his soul rest in peace.
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