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DOI 10.12887/27-2014-4-108-19



Fr. Andrzej DOBRZYŃSKI – The Teacher of Freedom: Karol Wojtyła–John Paul II Speaks on the Price of the Independence of Polan


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The article analyzes John Paul II addresses referring to the political independence of Poland, in particular to the fact of the rebirth of the Republic of Poland in 1918. The patriotic education Karol Wojtyła received in his childhood and adolescence was based on the living remembrance of the victims and the sacrifices that were needed so that Poland might become an independent state. Wojtyła’s generation, which came of age already in independent Poland, was educated so as to respect the values committing one to be always ready to defend one’s homeland and diligently work for the sake of its welfare.
John Paul II believed that the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1920, in which the victorious Battle of Warsaw, fought in mid August 1920, turned out the critical point, had a particular significance in Polish history. According to the Pope, the Polish victory in the Battle of Warsaw resulted from the solidarity of the Poles and was possible owing to the support their Catholic faith provided. In his teaching, John Paul II would frequently emphasize the cultural, social and economic accomplishments of the Second Republic of Poland. Pointing to the period of the twenty years of independence that Poland enjoyed between the two world wars, he encouraged his compatriots to assume the full responsibility for the freedom the Polish people received after the period of the communist oppression.

Translated by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: homeland, independence, independence of Poland, Wojtyła–Jan Paweł II, Battle of Warsaw, ethos of education

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887