One of the first soldiers of the 5th Vilnius Brigade of the Home Army, Major Józef Rusak pseud. Perennial. He was 101 years old. The organization Do not forget about us, Warsaw Insurgents informed about the death.
Józef Rusak ps. Bylina was born on March 17, 1920 in the village of Falewicze. He was active in the underground, and from 1943 he became a liaison in the unit of Lieutenant Antoni Górzyński “Kmicic”. After the unit was disarmed by the Soviet partisans and its fifty members and Kmicic were murdered, Major Zygmunt Szendzielarz pseud. Łupaszek, who transformed this unit into the 5th Vilnius Brigade of the Home Army.
After the war, he settled in Lidzbark Warmiński, where in 1948 he was arrested by officers of the Security Office. During the interrogations, he was tortured and persuaded to cooperate against Łupaszka. He was released from prison in 1953 and was under surveillance on and off until 1989.
Rusak’s memories. “I spilled blood with my friends, and now I have to report on them?”
The Foundation Do not forget about us, Warsaw Insurgents cited the memory of Rusak on its Facebook profile. “They brought my wife and son to prison, he was a few months old, gave him tea, cookies. They said that it could be so, I just need to sign and report. I was sitting in the cell with one major then. I told him that I would sign it, but I wouldn’t accept it. He said that if they break me once, then they will always break me, and I will not find peace for the rest of my life. Then I told those who questioned me that I would not sign. That my conscience would not allow me – I spilled blood with my friends, and now should I report on them? I will not agree, “he said.
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