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Tomb of Marshal Pilsudski, Vilnius: 3 reviews and 3 photos

by matcrazy1

I was really touched when I saw the tomb of Marshal Pilsudski, real hero for every Pole, a man who changed history of Poland, Lithuania and even Europe when he stopped bolsheviks who planned to stop bolshevik revolution (for a while, I am sure) in Paris in 1920.

There were many flowers and wreaths of white and red roses (Polish national colours) put there.
As Pilsudski, who loved Vilnius, ordered before his death the tomb contains half of his heart. The second half and his body is burried at Wawel's Cathedral in Krakow, Poland among Polish and Lithuanian Kings.

He was born in Polish-Lithuanian family, at Zulow, Lithuania in 1867. He was leader of Poland and commander of the Polish military in the years immediately after the World War I when Poland regained independance.

Pilsudski was the general who defeated the Russian Red Army in the battle of Warsaw in 1920. The battle is known as "The Miracle of the Wisla". On the 12 August newspapers all over Europe declared the capitulation of Warsaw and Poland. The Reds in Berlin were preparing themselves for the revolution, when "Pilsudski launched a daring flank attack" and on 15th August the Red Army in Poland was destroyed. Over 100,000 Russian soldiers were captured. The rest of the Red Army fled to Prussia and through Lithuania to Russia. It ended Lenin's plan to incorporate Poland into the Communist Soviet Union. Europe was saved, at least till 1939.

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Address: Rasu gatve, Vilnius
Directions: Approx. 25 min. walk from the Gates of Dawn (southern side): walk eastwards M. Daviksos gatve, turn right to Rasu gatve, the cemetery on the left.
Website: http://www.iyp.org/pilsudski/pilsudski-english.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 7, 2004
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