The Revival of the Church and Polish Identity after 199
After the war the church was still in place for some time. Later on the priests left, they must have scared them and they were afraid of their lives. Then, the people said masses on their own, and the church existed by 1949. At the church there was a paper warehouse. They completed that printing house and there was a paper warehouse. They destroyed altars, burnt [them]. There were elegant oaken benches, like in the church – they destroyed everything. They took some of them to the court, some of them somewhere else, and destroyed the rest of them. There was a museum of atheism; it was just before the return of the church, in 1987-88. They returned the church in 1989. The priest returned, and, in the early December, they returned the church. There was a lot of trouble with that giving back. At that time, the parishioners were writing letters but we didn’t get any answer. We chose a time, when one of the priests from Sambir were to go to the Holy Father; we wrote a letter and gave it through him. And then the Holy Father raised that question, how it was like with that giving back of the church. And then Gorbachev... A letter came from Moscow, I think, to give the church back. At first, they didn’t want to, didn’t know whom to give it back to, they wanted some money...They lost some money at that time to build that museum of atheism... There were such people among us who were engaged in that matter and said: You have destroyed more of our altars, benches, you have taken the organ somewhere to Georgia, how can you demand money for renovation then?
Zdzisław Baran
dotyczy także: Kościół i życie religijne przed 1990 rokiem,