The mural dedicated to Captain Witold Pilecki was unveiled in Ursynów. It is located on a building on a street patronized by a steadfast soldier. The painting shows his four faces, corresponding to the various stages of his life. The author is Zuzanna Podlewska from Bakcyl Studio.
The mural is on the building at Rotmistrza Witolda Pileckiego 111. We can find it on the wall, opposite the Ursynów Arena. “The painting shows an illustration of the captain’s biography: from a young angry, through a soldier and an Auschwitz prisoner, to a convict” – reports Bakcyl Studio. Above the four images of the captain are his words: “I tried to live in such a way that at the hour of my death I could be rather happy than afraid” and the date of his birth and death (1901-1948).
The mural unveiling ceremony took place on Friday. It was attended by representatives of the Ursynów District Office, the Ministry of National Defense, the GROM Association and Bakcyl Studio. – Ursynów was one of the first districts where large-format murals began to appear. We already have over twenty of them. Today we are solemnly offering the residents another one – commemorating the national hero. The creative form of the four images of Witold Pilecki tells us a lot about both his life and the history of our country, said the mayor of the district, Robert Kempa, during the ceremony. – For me, this is the most important mural in Ursynów, because – I apologize for the wording – there was no other such Cossack, at least in the history of the 20th century. I am glad that young people from school No. 323, users of Arena Ursynów and local residents will be able to familiarize themselves with this mural and deepen their knowledge about Captain Pilecki – emphasized Kempa in a statement quoted by “Gazeta Stołeczna”.
The City Hall states that the mural commemorating Captain Witold Pilecki was created as part of the “Wall, but the history of the Polish Army” competition. The initiative was implemented with the support of the Ursynów District Office and the Ministry of National Defense. The originator was the GROM Association, and the designer and contractor was Bakcyl Studio.
Witold Pilecki was an officer of the ZWZ-AK, a voluntary prisoner of Auschwitz and the author of reports on the Holocaust. He also took part in the Warsaw Uprising. He was shot on May 25, 1948 in the prison on Rakowiecka Street, under the sentence of the communist authorities.
His burial place has never been revealed. The most probable version is that the captain’s body was thrown into the death pit at the Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw, although researchers from the Institute of National Remembrance also deal with the hypothesis that the body of Witold Pilecki was buried in the prison yard.
Main photo source: Leszek Szymański / PAP