Defence of the post office in Gdańsk

Fischer 2497 | Michel 2645 | Scott 2354 | Year of issue 1979 | People's Republic of Poland


2497
Memorial for the defenders of the post office in Gdańsk
(sculpture by Wincenty Kućma)

Glossary

This is where heroic post office workers fought against a German attack on September 1, 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

Pomnik obrońców poczty Polskiej w Gdańsku = Monument of the defenders of the Polish post office in Gdańsk.

Relevant pages

Fischer 411 (7th anniversary of the defence of the post office in Gdańsk)
Fischer 915 (19th anniversary of the defence of the post office in Gdańsk)
Sheet 65 (Monument of the defenders of the Polish post office in Gdańsk)

Resources

World War II
History of Poland (1939-1945)
Polish September Campaign
Gdańsk