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On the way from a parking lot to the main monument on the hill in Westerplatte, I passed by the two groups of monuments.
The first one has been, indeed, completed recently and consists of 14 simple, white gravestones with names of the soldiers who were killed during 7 days and nights of the heroic defence of the Polish Military Transit Depot in Westerplatte. The place looks like a small cemetery.
A little bit futher, there is a standing holy cross and a commemorative plaque put on the ground. The plaque says that there is the earth from places of resistance and torments of Poles during WWII placed there. It was erected in 1965 by ZMS, the communist organisation of the youth. There is a list of places of those torments and surely the list in not complete as such places like Katyn and many other places in the former Soviet Union where Poles were killed by the Soviets could not be listed there that time. Communist authorities used to remove the cross or transfer it to other place but always someone put it back on the right place. I got to know that the cross was removed twice just before the visit of the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhniev in 1960'.
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