Wojtek the Soldier Bear

The project will be an exploration of issues connected with the story of Wojtek, the ‘Soldier bear’. This brown bear became a member of the Polish army during the Second World War. He finished his life after the war in Edinburgh Zoo. Monuments to the bear exist in Poland, Scotland and England. Pupils will learn history and develop their creativ...

Some passages to read from the Wojtek story

We particularly like the following sections of the story (pages from the Aileen Orr book):

p14-15 Aileen, aged 8, sees Wojtek in Edinbugh Zo
p24: the Polish soldiers buy the bear cub
p33: Wojtek tries to escape
p36: Christmas feast
p37 catching the spy
p39 the other bear

p43-45 Monte Cassino - W helps out
p51 another account to verify the story
chapter 6 about rationing + Scoland - esp p57, 59, 61, 68
and the attitude towards Polish men in Sotland, esp p72, 75
p83 swimming
p106 onwards, what to do with W after war... Edinburgh zoo p106-110, 114
p117 bears on memorial
p123 model of statue


Author: Diana Linford
Last editor: Diana Linford