|History of the the Polish Plot
On the eve of the liberation of the town of Breda, on the 28th of
October 1944, a patrol of the Polish 9th Infantry Battalion penetrated
the centre of a town-district, called Ginneken. In a heavy fire-fight
the Germans used self-propelled artillery. Some Polish soldiers were
killed and many wounded.
The next day, father Bronisław Chrostowski, the army-chaplain of the 9th Infantry Battalion, asked the Reverend Eduard Doens, parish-priest, to be allowed to celebrate a funeral-service and to bury the killed soldiers on the parish churchyard, situated in the Vogelenzanglaan.
The Fathers Doens & Chrostowski got on very well with each other and till the departure of the 1st Polish Armoured Division on Good Friday 1945, the army-chaplain remained quartered in the presbytery at Ginneken.
Almost all the soldiers of the 9th Infantry Battalion, who were killed during this period, were buried by army-chaplain Chrostowski on "the Laurens parish" churchyard at Ginneken. Together 80 killed Poles are resting there now.
After the liberation the municipality of Breda initiated
the idea to found a Polish War Cemetery and to concentrate all Polish
wargraves there. The Ginneken population, however, refused to hand over
Every year, roundabout the 29th of October, the
inhabitants of Ginneken commemorate their fallen liberators with an
The Polish wargraves on this burialplace are taken in care by the Dutch War Graves Commission. Internet www.ogs.nl