Gdańsk

Statue to the Defenders of Westerplatte

  ul. Sucharskiego, Gdańsk     23 Aug 2019
In the southwest corner of the peninsula is a huge, 25-metre monument made of 236 granite blocks. The work of the architect Adam Haupt and sculptor Franciszek Duszenko and called Heroes of Westerplatte, the controversial grey beast was officially unveiled on October 9, 1966, and it's here memorial commemorations are held on September 1 each year to mark the attack on Westerplatte and the beginning of WWII. You'll see an inscription in Polish at the base of the mound, which records Pope John Paul II's message to the young given at Westerplatte on June 12, 1987. It reads 'Every one of you, young friends, finds in life some sort of your own Westerplatte. Some dimension of tasks, which one must undertake and fulfil. Some order of rights and values. Which one has to uphold and defend. Defend them - for yourself and for others.'

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