Poland sets election date amidst unrest over burial decision

Some say late president not worthy of king, hero status


As Poland’s ruling party announces it will likely hold elections June 20, there is growing unrest among the grief-stricken population about the burial plans for the late president. There were protests in Krakow after a senior cardinal decided that Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria will be buried at Wawel Cathedral—a site occupied by kings and national heroes. In a front-page editorial, the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza derided the move as “hasty and emotional.” Others argued that if Kaczynski, who was among 96 people killed in a weekend plane crash over Russia, had died by natural causes, Wawel would never have been considered as a possible burial site. Before his death, support for Kaczynski had dropped to 20 per cent.


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Poland sets election date amidst unrest over burial decision

  1. it is just a burial site? why is everyone acting like children? the man is dead , rest his soul. He is a man like all of us…all those kings and heroes are men…being buried at the cathedral doesn't make them better than anyone… This planet has seen men and women whom are 10000 times better than all the kings and heroes of history…but they were buried in a normal cemetery… people need to grow up! its just a piece of land… the only reason people think it is only made for kinds is because THEY made it this way…but this planet is for all of us and anyone can be buried anywhere… just for once i would like to see a country that doesn't have whiny adults who complain about the stupidest issues…have some respect for the dead…

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  2. sorry , kinds is actually kings….typo.

  3. For the record, there are plenty of perfectly good, also honourable places in Warsaw. Kaczynski had always been a Warsaw man, he'd been the president of Warsaw before becoming the president of Poland, and he definitely preferred Warsaw (the current capital) over Krakow (the royal capital of Poland). He'd been in Krakow a relatively handful of times, if one considers how important Krakow is to the Polish national identity. There is a cemetery full of dignitaries in Warsaw (think Pere Lachaise, but a bit more local and downscaled), there are also a cathedral and sanctuary that hold within them the remains of two great, early 20th-century presidents and a prime minister/composer/pianist. It is not as if Wawel is the only option. And it certainly isn't the best option.

    Also of importance is that, as far as Wawel is concerned, only one of the non-royals (Pilsudski) interred there was buried there immediately after his death. All of the others were moved once history had given its verdict. It is no wonder that this has caused such a controversy, with the decision being made in the heat of the moment, without taking into account the feelings of the people.

    The Kaczynskis were good people, yes, and were certainly a very loving couple. They likely were also devoted patriots. But Poland has had many patriots in its history. And a patriot does not equal being a national hero. These two, from the point of view of the nation, are simply not heroes. Future generations will not know who they were.

    The point is, in a country where the memory of its heroes is almost like a second religion, the very idea of burying the Kaczynskis at Wawel is practically the national equivalent of blasphemy.

  4. i love poland! i'm polish1

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