Polish Men and Women (and Woitek the Bear)

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Reference WMO/272780


Princes Street Gardens




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Figure sculpture
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Polish Armed Forces: Statue of a Polish serviceman with Woytek the Bear, a mascot and pet of the Polish forces. The bear survived the war and saw out his days in Edinburgh Zoo. However, the dedication is clearly to the men and women from Poland who fought for the freedom of their country and ours - but were probably never able to return after the Communist take-over in 1945.
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WOJTEK/ In memory of the/ Polish men and women/ who fought/ "For Your Freedom/ and Ours"/ Pamieci polskich/ mezczyzn i kobiet/ ktorzy walczyli/ "Za Wasza/ Wiolnosc i Nasza"


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