General Sikorski's exhumation given green light
- General Sikorski's exhumation given green light
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has given his approval to plans to exhume
the body of General Wladyslaw Sikorski in order to establish the true
cause of his death.
Cardinal Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow and the custodian of Wawel
Cathedral where the general's tomb is located, gave his consent today
to exhume the remains.
Dziwisz stipulated however, that any living relatives of the general
should be asked for permission before the exhumation and medical
examinations are given the final go-ahead.
Both President Kaczynski and Prime Minister Tusk declared that they
are in favour of the exhumation a few days ago. "The tragic
circumstances of General Sikorski's death should be clarified and
exhumation could help do just that. It is always worth seeking the
truth," said President Kaczynski.
Former Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile General
Wladyslaw Sikorski died in a plane crash over the Straights of
Gibraltar on 4 July 1943. The Liberator plane plunged into the sea
just 16 seconds after take-off.
A British court investigated the crash n 1943, but was unable to
determine the cause, finding only that it was `an accident'. A
popular theory was insufficient technical maintenance leading to
jamming of the aircraft controls. However, the political context of
the event, coupled with a variety of curious circumstances, gave rise
to speculation that Sikorski's death may have been the direct result
of a Soviet, British or even Polish conspiracy.