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  • 1 August 2017

    Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Arkady Rzegocki along with Consul General Krzysztof Grzelczyk, Deputy Head of Mission Dariusz Łaska and Defence Attaché Lt Col Dorota Kawecka took part in ceremonies to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising.

     

    The ceremonies on the anniversary of the Uprising began at 12pm with a Holy Mass for Warsaw Uprising insurgents in St. Andrew Bobola Polish Church in Hammersmith, London, organised by the Home Army veterans and the Polish Underground Movement Study Trust.

     

    After the mass, the guests of honour met at the Polish Social & Cultural Association’s (POSK) Malinova Hall. Ambassador Rzegocki spoke to representatives of numerous London-based Polish diaspora organisations. It was another event at POSK commemorating the Uprising, after Sunday’s concert “Underground Army Returns” by Paweł Piekarczyk i Leszek Czajkowski.

     

    The most important moment of the day came at 4pm UK time (5pm Polish time), when a minute’s silence was held to pay homage to the fallen heroes of the Uprising.

     

    It was on this day on 1st August 1944 that by the order of General Bór-Komorowski the largest military effort of any European resistance taken in Second World War began. On the ‘W’ Hour, around 30,000 insurgents began the fight to liberate the capital. The Uprising was supposed to last only a few days – it failed after 63. During the two-month battle, around 16,000 Polish soldiers died or went missing, 20,000 were injured and 15,000 were taken captive. In addition, around 150,000 civilians lost their lives. The remaining – around 500,000 – were expelled from the city. As a result of the fighting and the systematic demolishing of the city by the Germans, which continued until January 1945, most of the left-bank buildings, including hundreds of priceless monuments and objects of high cultural and religious value, were demolished.

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