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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

President Andrzej Duda honours victims of 1944 Warsaw Uprising

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  |   President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in front of a monument in Warsaw’s Wola district, commemorating the victims of wartime mass executions President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in front of a monument in Warsaw’s Wola district, commemorating the victims of wartime mass executions President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in front of a monument in Warsaw’s Wola district, commemorating the victims of wartime mass executions President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in front of a monument in Warsaw’s Wola district, commemorating the victims of wartime mass executions President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in front of a monument in Warsaw’s Wola district, commemorating the victims of wartime mass executions President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in front of a monument in Warsaw’s Wola district, commemorating the victims of wartime mass executions Polish top officials paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Glora Victis memorial at the Powazki cemetery President Andrzej Duda paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Glora Victis memorial at the Powazki cemetery Polish top officials paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Glora Victis memorial at the Powazki cemetery Polish top officials paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Glora Victis memorial at the Powazki cemetery President Andrzej Duda paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Glora Victis memorial at the Powazki cemetery President Andrzej Duda paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Glora Victis memorial at the Powazki cemetery The Cemetery of Warsaw Insurgents President Andrzej Duda wrote a letter read out at the Cemetery of Warsaw Insurgents by Minister Halina Szymanska President Andrzej Duda wrote a letter read out at the Cemetery of Warsaw Insurgents by Minister Halina Szymanska

Tuesday marks 73 years since the Warsaw Uprising against the Germans broke out on Aug. 1, 1944. Early President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in front of a monument in Warsaw’s Wola district, commemorating the victims of wartime mass executions at the hands of the Germans. 

 

The monument, in the city’s Wola district at the intersection of Leszno Street and Solidarnosci Avenue, commemorates the Victims of the Wola Massacre, a series of mass executions of Warsaw's civilian population that took place during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Germans.

 

The Massacre of Wola is considered to be one of the biggest crimes against the Polish population during World War II. From Aug. 5 to 7, 1944, the Germans killed, according to various estimates, anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 people there.

 

 

  • "W-hour"

At 1700 hrs polish top officials with President Andrzej Duda and PM Beata Szydlo paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Glora Victis memorial at the Powazki cemetery in Warsaw.

 

The Warsaw Uprising was the largest underground resistance effort in German-occupied Europe during WW II. Initially intended to last several days, it continued for over two months before it was brutally suppressed by the Nazis. It claimed the lives of 18,000 insurgents and around 150,000 civilians. It broke out at "W-hour" (1700 hrs - PAP) on Tuesday, August 1, 1944. 

 

The President laid flowers at the tomb of General Antoni Chrusciel, nom de guerre "Monter" (Polish for "The Fitter"), at the Powazki Military Cemetery in Warsaw. Commemorating the commander of the Warsaw Uprising's military forces, President Duda kneeled down and prayed.

 

 

 

  • President Andrzej Duda to Warsaw insurgents: Poland is finally free

"We want to report to Warsaw insurgents that Poland is finally free, that it regains its memory and strength, and is alive", President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter read out at the Cemetery of Warsaw Insurgents on the 73rd anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.

 

"Let thousands of murdered Wola district residents whose ashes are buried on this soil rest assured that we will never forget them. Your martyrdom will continue in the national memory as a warning, as an event which can never happen again", the President wrote in the letter read out by head of the President's Office Halina Szymanska.

 

"We want to report to Warsaw insurgents that Poland is finally free, regains its memory and strength, is alive, develops and bravely reaches to its most precious and most beautiful tradition. With pride and unyielding determination Poland follows the road of freedom, independence and sovereignty", President Duda wrote, stressing that Warsaw insurgents has won on August 1.

 

The President stressed that "we should express our gratitude for the lesson of generosity, patriotism and bravery on the battlefield".

 

"Let us express our thanks to them for having behaved like they should", President Duda went on. (PAP)

 

 

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