Defence of the post office in Gdansk

Fischer 411 | Michel 444 | Scott B48 | Year of issue 1946 | Communist Poland

The 7th anniversary of the defence of the post office in Gdansk during the outbreak of World War II in Poland.


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The monument with a dock crane to the left and the Crane Gate on the right

Glossary

This is where heroic post office workers fought against a German attack on 1 September 1939. The Poles held their own for 13 hours until forced out of the building by flame-throwers. Authoritative accounts maintain that the post office workers were arrested and shot by firing squad two months later. In 1991 a mass grave containing their remains was discovered. These horrific events are commemorated by the novelist Günter Grass in The Tin Drum. A barbed and pointed monument stands outside as a reminder of the atrocity. The building was destroyed during World War II and reconstructed in 1949-1951. Inside the old post office there's a small museum devoted to these events, as well as a small exhibition dedicated to local postal history from the 18th century to 1939.

Translations

Czesc poleglym w Gdansku pocztówcom! = In honour of the fallen post office employees in Gdansk!.

Relevant pages

Fischer 915 (19th anniversary of the defence of the post office in Gdansk)
Fischer 2497 (Monument of the defenders of the Polish post office in Gdansk)
Sheet 65 (Monument of the defenders of the Polish post office in Gdansk)

Resources

The heroic defence of the post office in Gdansk (wolnapolska.boom.ru)
History of Poland (1939-1945)
Polish September Campaign
Gdansk