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All Saints Day in Poland - 1 November 2018 - A Triumph of Humanity - A Memory Recalled

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[Polish translation of this passage in green below - scroll down]

The original fabric of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Warsaw has almost disappeared except paradoxically among the dead at Powązki cemetery. In many respects it is an extension of the tombs at Wawel in Kraków. Particularly eminent citizens are buried there among the legions of the forgotten. An autumn funeral at Powązki is particularly moving. The mourner emerges into a chill sun from under the cupola of the cemetery church of St. Charles Borromeo. The last leaves of summer flutter down like flakes of gold from an azure sky. One follows the coffin drawn by men dressed in eighteenth century livery of gilded black behind the priest and swaying cross along far-reaching allées to the waiting vault.

On this day Poles not only honour departed members of their own families but all who have contributed to the national identity – in politics, the military, the arts and lib…