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Poland buries remains of World War II resistance commander

  • Young men dressed in World War II Polish Army uniforms walk next to the coffin with the remains of Zygmunt Szendzielarz during his funeral in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda and government ministers have taken part in the state burial of Szendzielarz, a World War II resistance commander and communist regime victim whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Young men dressed in World War II Polish Army uniforms walk next to the coffin with the remains of Zygmunt Szendzielarz during his funeral in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda and government ministers have taken part in the state burial of Szendzielarz, a World War II resistance commander and communist regime victim whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • The coffin with the remains of Zygmunt Szendzielarz is driven on a horse carriage during his funeral in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda and government ministers have taken part in the state burial of Szendzielarz, a World War II resistance commander and communist regime victim whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    The coffin with the remains of Zygmunt Szendzielarz is driven on a horse carriage during his funeral in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda and government ministers have taken part in the state burial of Szendzielarz, a World War II resistance commander and communist regime victim whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • People attend the funeral of Zygmunt Szendzielarz, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda and government ministers have taken part in the state burial of Szendzielarz, a World War II resistance commander and communist regime victim whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    People attend the funeral of Zygmunt Szendzielarz, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Polish President Andrzej Duda and government ministers have taken part in the state burial of Szendzielarz, a World War II resistance commander and communist regime victim whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

Polish President Andrzej Duda and government ministers have taken part in the state burial of a World War II resistance commander and communist regime victim whose remains were found in a hidden mass grave.

Sunday's funeral at a Warsaw military cemetery is part of democratic Poland's efforts to face its pasts, including taboo events under decades of communism. The current conservative government is specially focused on honoring independence fighters who were imprisoned, executed and secretly dumped in unmarked mass graves by the communist regime in the 1940s and '50s.

One of them was Zygmunt Szendzielarz, codename "Lupaszka," executed in 1951. Historians found his remains in 2013 among dozens of others, and he was identified through DNA tests.