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Compensation finally awarded to son of Polish wartime legend shot by communist authorities in 1948

08.02.2023 20:00
The Regional Court in Warsaw has awarded 1.5 million Polish zlotys compensation to the son of Cavalry Captain Witold Pilecki. 
The trial of Cavalry Captain (posthumously: Colonel) Witold Pilecki
The trial of Cavalry Captain (posthumously: Colonel) Witold Pilecki Polish National Digital Archive

The son of Witold Pilecki, Andrzej Pilecki, asked the court to award 26 million Polish zlotys compensation for the execution of his father and legendary Polish war hero who infiltrated Auschwitz leading to the "Witold Report" - to inform the world about the Holocaust. The Regional Court on Wednesday awarded 1.5 million Polish zlotys (approximately 316 000 euros).

After the war, following orders issued by General Anders, Pilecki gathered information about communist operations in Poland for the Polish government-in-exile. He was caught, tortured and then executed in 1948. Witold Pilecki was rehabilitated posthumously in 1990 and in 2006 he was awarded, posthumously, Poland's highest decoration, the Order of the White Eagle. 

(More on Pilecki's life in Polish in the Pilecki Family Museum and website. We reported in English on Pilecki and the opening of the museum.)

Sources: The Pilecki Family Museum, PAP, Radio Poland