At 94 years old, Bronislaw ‘Grom’ Karwowski had accomplished quite a lot.
He fought in World War II, was captured by the Nazis and escaped from the Gestapo’s headquarters with his life in tact. But his freedom was short-lived. Karwowski was arrested in 1948 and spent the next 10 years in prison.
Once released, Karwowski was given the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland, along with his well-deserved freedom. He was able to start a new life, free from fascism. He started a family, as well.
In August 2018, 94-year-old Karwowski was given the chance to accomplish one more goal in his life. He walked his granddaughter Joanna down the aisle as she was getting married.
When he reached the bridal party, Karwowski set down his cane, and shook hands with his granddaughter’s soon-to-be husband. The tearful groom kissed Karwowski on his cheeks, and thanked him for his blessing.
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Even if you don’t know the newlyweds or their families, it’s hard not to get choked up at the scene.
Karwowski was given the honor of seeing his granddaughter get married that day, but it would sadly be one his last. The Polish war hero died just two days later.
“The national hero and insurgent of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, Major Bronislaw Karwowski [has] retired to the eternal guard,” announced Poland’s National Armed Forces on Facebook. “He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland, the Silver Cross of Merit with Swords, the Cross of the National Armed Deed and many others.”
Watch the moving ceremony in the video below.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.