Ziyad Raoof along with diplomatic corps celebrated inauguration of „Tadeusz Kościuszko’ Year”

In Krakow there has just been held solemn inauguration of  “Tadeusz Kościuszko’ Year”- national hero of Poland as well as the United States. Ziyad Raoof KRG Representative to Poland along with diplomatic corps laid flowers on the Main Market Square in Krakow, a place where symbolically began national uprising in 1794 commanded by Tadeusz Kościuszko.

Polish parliament announced 2017 as a year of Tadeusz Kościuszko due to the 200th anniversary of his death. He was born in 1746. He distinguished by extraordinary talent in the field of military science. Kościuszko left Poland in his youth and via France he arrived to America. He was one of the heroes and main architects of victory in American War of Independence. He was promoted to the rank of general. To this day, he is mentioned as an American national hero.

After victorious war he came back to Poland that gradually lapsed into subjection to Russia, Prussia and Austria. In 1794 Tadeusz Kościuszko stood ahead national uprising. Joined forces of three countries defeated Polish army. However, so called Kościuszko Uprising until today is important moment in Polish history. Thanked to the Kościuszko who promised deep economic and social reform, it was the first time when Polish peasants en masse took part in national uprising.

After putting down the uprising, Kościuszko got into Russian captivity. He was freed after two years under the condition of the oath that he will never go back to Poland. He was travelling around Europe where he was welcomed everywhere with great honor. He died in 1817 in Switzerland.

Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s talents were praised by George Washington or Napoleon Bonaparte. He also started laudable Polish tradition of fighting “for our freedom and yours”. During the whole 19th century Poles were fighting for freedom of their motherhood but also supported the other revolutionary waves in Europe.


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