On 1 August 1944, Warsaw, the Capital of Poland, saw the beginning of what
was to become one of the most important events in the modern history of
Poland - the Warsaw Uprising.
WARSAW, Poland, July 9, 2014 /CNW/ - All journalists interested in
providing media coverage for the anniversary event, which will welcome
insurgents, international guests, Polish Government officials and the
Mayor of Warsaw, are kindly asked to complete the Accreditation Form
available here no later than 11:59pm on Thursday, 24 July 2014.
The anniversary programme, 30 July - 1 August, which requires standard
or POOL accreditations, is available here. The Press Centre will operate at pl. Zamkowy in Warsaw from 29 July.
On 1 August 1944, about 25 thousand poorly-armed soldiers of the Polish
underground army joined the fight for freedom against the overwhelming
German forces. Soon, their numbers grew to some 50 thousand. However,
without any help from their allies, as well as facing the distinct
advantage held by the Nazi-German troops, and heavy casualties, the
Polish command was forced to surrender after 63 days of continued fighting.
Nazi-Germany, on the other hand, threatened by the incoming Eastern
Front, threw into combat a number of their finest troops. What this
meant in practice was the extermination of the city and its denizens -
in an act of genocide. Overall, the Nazis murdered nearly 180 thousand
civilians residing in Warsaw.
The Uprising fell through in military terms. Nonetheless, the tradition
of our fight for independence has survived the efforts of Soviet
propaganda. It was the one to prevail when 25 years ago, in 1989,
Poland regained its independence.
SOURCE: Press Division of City of Warsaw
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