As crowds gathered in Krakow yesterday for the state funeral of Polish Prime Minister Lech Kaczynski, onlookers spoke of the event as being 'the most exciting in the country since 1939.
People were referring, of course, to the invasion by Adolf Hitler's German Army forces which had the effect of British Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain declaring war on the Nazi leader, and sending millions of soldiers to their deaths all across the world.
Mr Kaczynski died when the aircraft he was travelling in crashed in fog last week sometime - I'm not sure when - leaving the whole Polish nation traumatised, just like they were in 1939. One man who remembers the German invasion clearly, was another Lech, Lech Katastrophizski, 114. He told me:
"Poland is a very dull place where not much happens. When it does, it usually happens to people with awkward-sounding and cumbersome names, and, for this reason, the news programmes are so difficult to understand. There are too many z and k sounds in Polish, and all our neighbours hate that. They ignore us and wish we'd go away."
Another mourner, Lech Tricmeter, agreed, saying:
"My name doesn't have a 'z' or a 'k' in it, but I know what he means. And Poland is a terribly boring place, so when these exciting events come around you have to enjoy them whilst you can!"