5:15 a.m., Aug. 24
Crypt of Eminent Citizens (St. Adalbert Church in Poznan). In 1923 a Memorial Crypt was created in the basement under church (Pr. Koscielski idea), known as the ‘Poznan Little Rock / Skalka Poznanska’. There are the human remains of many prominent Poles, among them Joseph Wybicki (1747-1822) - cofounder of the Polish Legions in Italy and author of the Polish national anthem words (official hymn), and the urn containing General John Henry Dabrowski’s heart (1755-1818). Other coffins in the same chapel: Stefan Poradowski (1902-1967), Thaddeus Szeligowski (1896-1963), Felix Nowowiejski (1877-1946), Pr. Wenceslaus Gieburowski (1877-1943), Heliodor Swiecicki (1854-1923), Pr. Francis Bazynski (1801-1876), Andrew Niegolewski (1787-1857), Ignatius Pradzynski (1792-1830) - the urn only, Anthony ‘Amilkar’ Kosinski (1769-1823), and Pr. Alexander Zychlinski (1889-1945). Scoutmaster Florian Marciniak (1915-1944), the first commander in chief of the Grey Ranks / Szare Szeregi (child soldiers) is commemorated here by a symbolic urn with some earth from the Gross Rosen concentration camp. The church also contains the sarcophagus of Karol Marcinkowski.
December 12, 2012