Gdynia, Poland - X Film Festival “The Cursed”
Minister Anna Maria Anders was a guest at the 10th Film Festival entitled "The Cursed" at the end of September this year. This year's Jubilee Edition of the Festival was under the patronage of President Andrzej Duda.
At the Closing Gala Minister Anders and the Deputy Director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, Paweł Ukielski, presented the Signet of Independence to Krystyna Jakimek who, at the end of the 1940s ,worked for the information and intelligence network of Polish emigrants. In December 1952 she and her sister were arrested by the Security Office. She regained her freedom in 1956. She married an officer of the Home Army sentenced to death by the communists.
During her stay in Gdynia Minister Anders also took part in the funeral ceremonies of Admiral Józef Unrug and his wife Zofia. Born in 1884, Józef Unrug became an officer of the Imperial Navy in 1907. In World War I he was a submarine commander and in 1919 he joined the Polish Army in the rank of Navy Captain. In 1939 he commanded the defense of the Polish coast, one of the last places to surrender. He was a prisoner of several oflags. After his release in 1945 he participated in the dissolution of the Polish Armed Forces in the West. He lived in exile in Great Britain and France where he died in 1973 and was buried in the cemetery in Montresor. Seven years later his wife Sophie was also buried there. Two years ago the National Security Bureau made efforts to bring the ashes of the spouses to Poland. Their remains were exhumed recently and transported to the French military port in Brest, from where - on board the ORP Kosciuszko frigate - they were transported to Poland.
At the request of the Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak and upon the decision of President Andrzej Duda, Vice-Admiral Józef Unrug was posthumously named Admiral of the fleet. The couple was laid to rest at the Naval Cemetery, in the Memorial Quarter where a year earlier Admiral Unrug's subordinates were buried - Naval Officers, who had participated in the defense of the Polish coast in 1939, and who on the basis of false evidence were sentenced to death and executed in 1952 - Stanisław Mieszkowski, Jerzy Staniewicz and Zbigniew Przybyszewski.