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Commemorative Concert held in memory of all martrys of Turkish nation

Commemorative event for the fallen soldiers of Poland & Turkey in World War I & World War II

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Consul General of Canada in Istanbul at Kabatas High School

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Commemorative event for the fallen soldiers of Poland & Turkey in World War I & World War II
 
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The students and teachers of Kabatas High School paid a 7-day visit to Poland in memory of the fallen soldiers & people of Poland & Turkey in World War I, World War II and Warsaw Uprising. The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Poland Tahsin Tunc Ugdul received the students & teachers of Kabatas & Tadeusz Czacki High Schools at the embassy on June 10. By attending some activities at Tadeusz Czaki High School and outside the school on June 11 and 12, the students & teachers of both schools had the opportunity to develop their visions regarding cultural comprehension, friendship and mutual understanding. Warsaw Uprising Museum, which was opened on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of fighting in Warsaw, was visited on June 12 as well. The Warsaw Uprising was a major World War II operation in the summer of 1944 by the Polish underground resistance led by the Home Army to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.

The uprising which began on August 1, 1944 was timed to coincide with the retreat of the German forces from Poland ahead of the Soviet advance. While approaching the eastern suburbs of the city, the Red Army temporarily halted combat operations, enabling the Germans to regroup and defeat the Polish resistance and to raze the city in reprisal. The Uprising was fought for 63 days with little outside support. It was the single largest military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II.  Although the exact number of casualties is unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions.

The commemorative event in memory of the fallen soldiers & people of Poland & Turkey in World War I, World War II and Warsaw Uprising was held at Tadeusz Czacki High School with the participation of the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Poland Tahsin Tunc Üğdül on June 13.

The event started with a moment of silence in remembrance of the fallen soldiers of Turkey and Poland in Turkey in World War I, World War II and Warsaw Uprising. Afterwards Anna Koszycka, the principal of Tadeusz Czacki High School, and Turkish Ambassador delivered their speeches concerning the event respectively.

Following the speeches, “In the flower of their youth” movie about the fallen students & teachers of the Turkish schools during the wars was screened with English subtitles. The cast of the movie is comprised of the students and teachers of Kabatas High School.

After the screening of the movie, the choir of Tadeusz Czacki High School performed the anthem of their school.

Then the music teacher of our school Ali Salih Köse and the students Selin Ünal, Deniz Chousein and Defne Nehir Demiray performed four songs, the students of Tadeuz Czacki High School performed Dumka na dwa serca song and Warsawskie Dzieci song was performed jointly;

1. “Çanakkale içinde vurdular beni”  song was sung in remembrance of the fallen students, teachers and soldiers of Turkey at the Battle of Gallipoli, Battle of Galicia and the other battles of World War I.

2. “You are not alone” and “Heal the world” songs of Michael Jackson were sung in memory of the fallen soldiers & people of Poland and Turkey in World War I, World War II and Warsaw Uprising.

3. “Bir başkadır benim memleketim” song was sung for a better and more peaceful world.

4. “Dumka na dwa serca” song was sung in memory of the fallen soldiers & people of Poland in World War I, World War II and Warsaw Uprising.

5. “Warswaskie Dzieci” song was sung in memory of the fallen soldiers & people of Poland in World War I, World War II and Warsaw Uprising.

On the occasion of the event, tree donations made in memory of the fallen soldiers & people of Poland & Turkey were presented to the Turkish Ambasador Tahsin Tunç Üğdül and the principal of Tadeusz Czacki High School Anna Koszycka.

Furthermore, Vice-President of the Polish Senate Maria Koc received the group on behalf of the Senate Speaker Stanislaw Karczewski on June 14 at the parliament building. Warzawskie Dzieci song was sung by the students of Kabatas High School in the course of the visit to the Senate of Poland. Galicia Turkish Martyrs’ Cemetery in Krakow was visited by the group on June 15 as well. 

As the students and teachers of Kabatas High School, we will always remember the fallen heroic soldiers & people of Poland and Turkey in World War I, World War II and Warsaw Uprising with respect.

WARSZAWSKIE DZIECI SONG

Underground resistance movement The Polish Home Army (AK) commissioned Andrzej Panufnik to compose four songs devised to boost the spirit of resistance at the time of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Panufnik and the lyricist (poet and novelist Stanisław Ryszard Dobrowolski) were not allowed to know each other’s identities in case of future Nazi interrogation. The most famous Warszawskie Dzieci (Warsaw Children), became a major anthem of courage and defiance for the people of Warsaw during the Uprising. It is known by almost everyone in Poland and is sung during the commemorative events which take place on August 1 each year. Please find the English lyrics of the song as follows;

No defeat will crush freemen,
No difficulty will fear bravemen,
We'll go together to the victory,
When people will stand arm to arm

Warsaw's children we're going to strike,
For every stone of you, capital we will fight
Warsaw's children we're going to strike,
When your order will come,
We'll send enemies our fury!

Powiśle, Wola and Mokotów,
Every street, every house,
When the first shot come, be ready,
Like a golden bolt in the hand of God. 

POLISH SCOUTING ORGANISATION IN WORLD WAR II

"Gray Ranks" (Polish: Szare Szeregi) was a codename for the underground paramilitary Polish Scouting Association (Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego) during World War II. Since its organization in 1916, scouts within the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego, ZHP) had taken active part in all the conflicts Poland was engaged in around this time: Great Poland Uprising, Polish-Bolshevik War, Silesian Uprisings, and the Polish–Ukrainian War.
 
In addition to the Scouting moral code, the Gray Ranks also followed a basic three-step path of action. The program was nicknamed "Dziś - jutro - pojutrze" ("Today - tomorrow - the day after"):

"Today" – struggle for Poland's independence
"Tomorrow" – prepare for an all-national uprising and the liberation of Poland
"The Day After" – prepare to rebuild Poland after the war

As of 1 May 1944, the Gray Ranks numbered 8,359 members. Initially only older scouts (Senior Scouts, Senior Guides, Rovers and Rangers), aged 17 and up, were admitted. Soon, however, younger children were admitted, and in 1942 a new structure was adopted, based largely on the prewar structure of the Polish Scouting Association. Children between 12 and 14 years belonged to the Zawisza units. They did not take part in sabotage or other active resistance but instead were responsible for auxiliary services for the planned national uprising. Those aged between 15 and 17 filled the ranks of Combat Schools. These secret schools were educational teaching the teenagers in surveillance, reconnaissance, propaganda and small acts of sabotage aimed to motivate the local population to join the struggle.
 
The main bulk of the organization were the assault units. Boys who were 17 or older trained at secret NCO schools and officer schools, and were the elite of the resistance movement. They staged large-scale sabotage operations, targeted prominent Nazi officials, and conducted raids on POW camps and other points of strategic importance.
 
When the Warsaw Uprising occurred on August 1, 1944, the boy scouts were already a group of battle-hardened veterans, ready and eager to retake their country and liberate it from the Nazi regime. Their numbers had swollen to 8,359 members. Girls were heavily involved in all auxiliary activities of the rebellion including medical care; ammunition delivery; correspondence and propaganda.
 
One of the most notable actions of the Gray Ranks happened during the first days of the national uprising when assault groups stormed the Gęsiówka concentration camp in Warsaw.
 
Unfortunately, the Warsaw Uprising was crushed after 63 days of intense combat. The Gray Ranks suffered a devastating number of casualties. For example, the Zoska Battallion, named after the fallen leader, Tadeusz Zawadzki, lost 70% of its members.

Those who survived retreated to the forests, having suffered a terrible blow when victory had seemed to be within their grasp. The retribution that followed the failed insurrection was a horrendous bloodbath carried out by the Germans on the Polish people.
 

THE HISTORICAL RELATIONS of POLAND & TURKEY

The Ottoman Empire and Poland (then, Poland-Lithuania) had been direct neighbors from the late Middle Ages until the end of the eighteenth century. Long coexistence of both states led to development of rich and diverse forms of contacts at various levels.

First contacts date back to Sultan Mehmed Çelebi (Mehmed the First) era. In 1414, Hungarian King Sigismund asked the help of the Polish King Ladislaus Jagiello against the Ottomans. In response, King Jagiello offered to mediate between the two powers and sent Skarbek of Gora and Gregory as envoys to Sultan Mehmed Çelebi. Accordingly, first formal diplomatic contact was established between the Ottomans and the Poles. Later, with the help of the King of Poland, Hungary and the Ottoman Empire signed a six-year truce.

From that date on, the Poles had received support from the Ottoman Empire, particularly during the painful periods of their history. The Ottoman Empire defended the rights of Poland, whose territories were divided among Russia, Prussia and Austria. It is widely read in history books that, in the nineteenth century each reception ceremony of a foreign ambassador in Istanbul began with an announcement sacred formula: “the Ambassador of Lehistan (namely, Poland) has not yet arrived”. This practice reflected the fact that the Sublime Porte had refused to recognize the partition of Poland.

Indeed, when Poland faced invasions and divisions, the Polish men and women found refuge on Turkish soil, escaping the ruthless occupation of their land. In return, these men and women made invaluable contributions to the political, military, cultural and scientific life of Turkey.

Today’s Polonezköy, literally meaning the “village of the Poles”, a beautiful place just outside Istanbul, was founded by Prince Adam Czartorvski and a group of Poles, who sought refuge in the Ottoman Empire after the unsuccessful November Revolution in 1842. The place is called Adampol in Polish, after the founder of the village. Polonezköy is a beautiful point of attraction to local and international tourists and is a symbol of Turkish-Polish friendship.

A significant name from the common history of the two countries is Adam Mickiewicz, the author of the national epic of Poland, Pan Tadeusz. Adam Mickiewicz, after participating in the Crimean War, lived in Istanbul and died there. Today, his house is intact, serving as a museum in Istanbul and a reminder of the historic relations of the two countries.

Famous composer and interpreter Ali Ufki Bey (Wojciech Bobowski), painter of Sultan Abdülaziz, Stanislaw Chlebowski, great Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet whose grandfather is Mustafa Celaleddin Pasha (Konstanty Borzecki who served in the Ottoman army), world-wide gamous soprano the “Turkish Diva” Leyla Gencer who was born in Polonezköy, and one of the first Turkish Ambassadors of the Republic of Turkey to Poland, novelist, writer Yahya Kemal Beyatlı can be counted among many names who served to build solid ties between Turkish and Polish people throughout history.

The Rakowicki Cemetery in Krakow, the resting place for many Turkish soldiers who lost their lives on Polish land at the Galician front during World War I, is another symbol of historic solidarity between two nations.

The two countries signed a Treaty of Friendship on 23rd July 1923. Thus, Poland was one of the first countries that recognized the young Turkish State even before it became a Republic.

June 10 - 17, 2019

 

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