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Warsaw’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier can be found in a remnant of the Saxon Palace that once housed the Polish Ministry of War. The monument is dedicated to all the soldiers who died anonymously in the fight for their homeland. It was founded in 1925 in honour of those who had defended Poland in World War I and in the Polish-Soviet War.
The tomb contains the remains of one unknown soldier, a boy who was probably barely 20 years old when he died defending the city of Lwów (Lemberg). Jadwiga Zarugiewiczowa, a mother who had lost her son under similar conditions, was chosen to pick which unknown soldier would become the symbol; she pointed to one of three coffins that had been dug up in Lwów especially for this occasion. Next to the tomb are urns with soil from various battlefields. An eternal flame burns and there is always a guard of honour to keep watch.