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- 60th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising: The Warsaw Uprising broke out on August 1, 1944. The Polish Home Army General Bor-Komorowski, with a force of between thirty-five and fifty thousand partisans, attacked the Germans in Warsaw. The heroic struggle lasted for 63 days. The Warsaw Uprising was probably the largest single operation organized and executed by a partisan organization in WWII. It lasted two months, and when it was over, 200,000 people were dead, and the entire city was in ruins. In trying to achieve its goals, the uprising was a terrible failure. In showing the courage and the dedication of the Polish nation, it was a remarkable success.
Within this time Poles proved that they had never lost their spirit and always were ready to sacrifice their lives for freedom. To recognize those who fought against the German occupant, on the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising the Municipal Authorities of Warsaw opened the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
The Opening Ceremony took place on Saturday, July 31, 2004. The Warsaw Uprising Museum is located at 28 Przyokopowa Street in buildings of the former tramway power station. At 9:30 Cardinal Józef Glemp, Primate of Poland, celebrated the High Mass. Later the Memory Wall with over six thousand names of people killed during the Warsaw Uprising was unveiled.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum shall be open to the public from August 1, 2004. Visitors will have an opportunity to admire unique photographs presenting everyday life of Warsaw citizens and pictures of their fight against the enemy, fragments of Józef Poniatowski’s sculpture that was destroyed by Germans in 1944 and replica of "Kubus", truck-cum-armoured car.
Thanks to the Warsaw Uprising Museum there is an extremely interesting photo collection presenting everyday life of the Polish capital during the Uprising: fighting against the enemy, wedding ceremonies, funerals.
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NOTE: As noted by the source website, let it be clear this is NOT about the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto (April of 1943) but about the Warsaw Uprising (August-October of 1944). The Ghetto uprising, though a noble feat, was enacted by a small band of desperate young Jews who did not want to go like lambs to slaughter. The Warsaw uprising encompassed the entire city and its whole population, and in terms of the casualties and military operations was vastly bigger than the Ghetto one. That neither uprising mattered in the end is the only thing these two events have in common. To both the Jews and the Poles, their respective uprisings are glorified and play an important role in national self-identity.
(Much of this article is taken from Poland.pl, http://www.poland.pl/info/partners/warsaw_uprising/index.htm, as well as http://www.princeton.edu/%7Epoland/uprising/.)
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