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Poland’s Independence Day – November 11, 1918

Friday, November 1st, 2002

On November 11, 1918, after 124 years of partition and oppression by the three contiguous empires, Austria, Germany (Prussia), and Russia, Poland regained her independence. The victorious allies-England, France, and the United States-celebrated November 11 as the Armistice Day, the day on which a long and bloody war finally ended.  For Poland, November 11 meant the end of a much longer struggle to regain her independence-Konfederacja Barska of 1768-1761, the Napoleonic Wars and the D¹browski Legions, the November Uprising of 1831-1832, and the January uprising of 1863-1864.

Despite the separation imposed by the partitions and in the face of the intense germanisation and russification policies of the occupying powers, the Polish nation retained a strong sense of community and an equally unyielding determination to be one, free, and independent. The spiritual unity of the nation was nurtured and perpetuated by the cultural influences of Mickiewicz, Chopin, Raymont, Sienkiewicz, Zermoski, and, of course, by the shared religious experience in the Roman Catholic Church.