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"Poland Is Not Yet Lost"
Transcript of "Poland Is Not Yet Lost"
the Partitions of Poland
During the the 17th century, Poland was greatly weakened a great invasion of Swedes, known as the "Deluge."
Following this, Prussia, Russia, and Austria took Poland's weakness as an advantage by seizing controls of the land three times (1772, 1791, 1795).
The beginning of an Anthem
Written between the 16 and 19 of July, 1795, by Jozef Wybicki, a close associate of Henryk Dabrowski, the first words immediately caught the attention of the Poles fighting for independence.
Following Kosciuszko's insurrection, Poland ceased to exist for more than a century. The nations that divided Poland now attempted to eliminate any memory of the nation. In a process of "germanisation," Prussia did things such as ban the Polish language. However, the people did rebel. At home, families would secretly speak polish so that it would not be forgotton, as well as store illegal books in the polish language.
If the Polish people did not revolt, Poland might still nt have existed. The polish language and culture could have been forgotten and extinct.
"Poland is not yet lost,
So long as we still live.
What the alien force has taken from us,
We shall retrieve with sword.
"March, march, Dabrowski,
From Italian land to Poland.
Under your command
We shall rejoin the nation."
Dabrowski was a polish general who joined forces with Napoleon Bonaparte in hope that he could help re institue Poland. There is a reference to Napoleonn in the song: "Bonaparte has given us the example of how we should prevail."
Napoleon however did not help in the effort to save the country, and Poland officially fell with a battle known as Kosciusko's Insurrection.
More notable forms of rebelling also took place. Some of these included the November uprising and the Wrzesnia School Strike of 1901.
After the WWI, the Treaty of Versailles recognized Poland as an independent nation once more. The Polish language and culture was renued.