November 26, 1855: Adam Mickiewicz, a noted Polish poet and ardent nationalist died today in Constantinople while working with his friend Armand Levy, to organize a Jewish legion, the Hussars of Israel, comprising Russian and Palestinian Jews. The legion was supposed to join in the fight against the Russians during the Crimean War. Polish nationalists believed that a Russian defeat would help undermine the authority of the Czar and help lead to the liberation of Poland. [Mickiewicz was not Jewish and an explanation as to why he was organizing Jews for this fight is a puzzlement which requires deeper investigation.]
In 1947, Poczta Polska, the Polish postal service, issued this 20 zloty stamp honoring Mickiewicz.