Kosciuszko, Thaddeus

Thanks to the efforts of a newly formed Tadeusz Kościuszko Society the  statue was cast soon after Marconi’s death in 1900 . The Austrian government  however refused to issue the permit for its placement during the time of the imperial partitions of Poland. For this reason the statue was erected no less than twenty years later in 1920, once the Polish state reestablished its independence following World War I. The statue was destroyed by the Germans in 1940 during the Nazi German occupation of Poland. Its current replica, erected in 1960, is a gift to the City of Kraków from the people of Dresden, Germany. A duplicate of the statue was also erected in Detroit, Michigan in 1978, as a gift from the people of Kraków, in celebration of the United States Bicentennial.

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