"Who was Jan Kapica?" Tychy Local Custom Tip by matcrazy1

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by matcrazy1

Look at my picture, please. What's that? It's a monument in memory of Jan Kapica born 8 Feb 1866, died 10 Sep 1930. It's located on southern wall of St. Maria Magdalena Cgurch - the oldest church of Tychy born in 1782.He is regarded as one of local heroes in Tychy.

The inscriptions on the monument say:
- "Zal mi ludu" which means I regret at the nation/people - on the top,
- If God with us who against us? - on the left,
- Brothers, be sober and vigilant - on the right,
- In saint memory of priest jan Kapica. Requiescat in pace = let's rest in peace in Latin - on the bottom.

Who was Jan Kapica?
He was a Roman Catholic parish-priest of Tychy. He was well known as a Polish priest on the area which was debatable after WWI, between Germany and Poland. Before WWI (since 1795) Poland was divided among three countries: Germany (Prusia), Austria and Russia and Tychy belonged to Prussia (Germany).

Historical background.
There was the Plebiscite supervised by international commission (with France + United Kingdom which won WWI) in Upper Silesia in 1921. In Tychy 2982 voted for Poland and 650 for Germany (including probably 205 Germans transferred from Germany just for the plebiscite). Finally Tychy like estern part of that region called Upper Silesia came back to Poland.

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2003
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