Kornel Morawiecki, Polish PM's father, anti-communist hero, laid to rest

2019-10-06 18:54 update: 2019-10-09, 13:17
Photo PAP/Rafał Guz
Photo PAP/Rafał Guz
Kornel Morawiecki, a leading anti-communist opposition activist and father of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, was laid to rest in a state ceremony in Warsaw's Powazki Military Cemetery on Saturday.

"All your actions, your words, the good that you gave to others, your fight for freedom, have yielded a great harvest," PM Mateusz Morawicki said at his father's funeral ceremony. "It has grown, powerfully. That is why our love, your love, is stronger than death."

The prime minister said his father had believeed that Poles could "elevate themselves towards greatness." He drew attention to the fact that, "the quest for the sense of life and death, good and evil as well as suffering" illuminated the spiritaual and intellectual path of his father, Kornel Morawiecki. 

"You posed the most important questions and in the footsteps of your great philosphical love Simone Weil and other great philosophers your trod that path, at the same time coming to the Christian conclusion that our souls, our spirit, are more important than the fates of individual people here and now, that they create a different perspective," Morawiecki said.     

"A great leader once said that the very pursuit of great goals was an expression of supreme bravery. Father always really had such goals in mind," the prime minister said, going on to describe his father as "a great warrior of freedom" who always found sense in good deeds. "Those deeds are the core of immortality."

Morawiecki said his father had always wanted Poles to discuss the most important issues with each other, "so that the spirit of unity could light up our dreams, our actions; you left us with that task," he said.

Also present at the ceremony were President Andrzej Duda, Kornel Morawiecki's family and friends, and political dignitaries, including Czech PM Andrej Babis. 

Morawiecki, founder and leader of the 1980s Fighting Solidarity union, later presidential candidate, MP, Senior Speaker of the Sejm and father of current Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, died on Monday aged 78. (PAP)