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

by matcrazy1

Well, in real it's a tomb of his mother. Half of heart of Marshal Pilsudski was added to her tomb after Pilsudski's death in 1935.

The inscription in Polish put on his grave says:

Whoever had the choice, would choose an eagle's nest on the cliffs in place of a home. May he know how to sleep, though his eyes be red from the thunder, and listen to the cries of the wild spirits in the murmur of the pines. That is how I lived.
Quotation of Polish poet Slowacki.

One of a few real and officially forbidden in communist Poland, hero. Well, some Poles in Poland built small chapels or rather commemorative places with his picture and Polish flag at their houses which was a sign of silent resistance against communist authorities.

I remember from my family home 12 old books written by Pilsudski and published before WWII. I remember that they were stored and treated like holy relics by my father. Keep in mind that such books were surely forbidden by communist authorities. I read them all twice as a teen. And later on when I crossed the Soviet Union (western Ukraine) for the first time (in 70') I saw with my kiddy eyes the world and the system similar to Pilsudki's writings from half a century before. Unbelievable!

He remains a symbol of unity of Slavic nations. The idea of his whole life was to establish federation of Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Ukraine with one strong army in order to defend the nations of Central Europe from German Fascism and Russian Communism. Very wise idea at this time. Well, the history proved that he was right. Poland as the only of the above countries wasn't incorporated into Soviet Empire althogh it was controlled by Soviets till 1989. After that date a lot of streets in Poland could be and were renamed back after Pilsudski.

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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