Posts Tagged ‘1 August 1944’

City of Ruins

Monday, 2 August 2010

Barricade at ul. Marszałkowska 127 (near ul. Moniuszki) built from paving stones and a tramcar operating on route 1. Photo Eugeniusz Lokajski via Wikipedia.

(Click on image to see original and for details of licensing.)

Yesterday at 5pm, in cities all around Poland, sirens shrieked and church bells tolled. Exactly 66 years ago, the Warsaw Uprising began. For 63 days the fighters of the underground Armia Krajowa (Home Army) and the citizens of the capital held out against the German Army while the world watched and washed its hand of the problem.

Much has been written about the Uprising and rather than add to the copious amount of text, I have decided to publish some pictures which may be of interest.


Almost certainly the same barricade as the heading photograpgh, but taken several weeks later. Photo by Sylwester ‘Kris’ Braun via Warsaw Uprising 1944 website.

(Click on image to see more photographs of Warsaw during the uprising on the Warsaw Uprising 1944 website.)

More trams at an unknown location. Photo by Sylwester ‘Kris’ Braun via Warsaw Uprising 1944 website.

(Click on image to find out more about ‘Kris’ Braun from the Warsaw Uprising 1944 website.)

There are several links at the end of this post for readers who would like to find out more about the Warsaw Uprising. One of the websites that we would recommend is Warsaw Uprising 1944.

Frame capture from City of Ruins a new film commissioned by the Warsaw Rising Museum showing how the city looked when the Russians marched in after its residents had been forcibly evacuated.

(Click on image to see a short trailer via You Tube.)

Rising ’44, the definitive book about the Warsaw Uprising by Norman Davies

(Click on the image to find out how to buy a copy of the book.)


65 Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

The Warsaw Uprising 1944 / Powstanie Warszawskie.
Video by Rogvist

At 17:00 on 1st August 1944 the Warsaw Uprising began. That evening the AK, the Polish Home Army, liberated Praga Railway Station and several other key objectives. With no outside assistance (while the Germans slaughtered the Varsovians, the Soviet army waited outside the capital and Stalin banned any allied flights from Soviet-controlled air space) the Home Army managed to hold out against the Germans until October 2.

After the war all mention of the Uprising was strictly taboo in communist-controlled Poland. A friend, who set up a committee to build a monument to the Uprising, was poisoned, his committee was dissolved and its funds were seized by the authorities.

Today it is possible to discuss the Uprising openly. Michael Dembinski’s posts on W-wa Jeziorski (see links below) are better than anything I could add. For anyone looking for in-depth coverage there is no better source than Norman Davies’s definitive study, Rising ’44.


    W-wa Jeziorki: