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77th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising Posted by on Aug 2, 2021 in History, Holidays

5pm was a very important time in Warsaw, Poland. Today is 77th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising (Powstanie Warszawskie). 5pm was W Hour (Godzina W), when Warsaw remembered the heroes who fought against nazis during the Warsaw Uprising.

Today, at 5pm Warsaw stopped for one minute to remember the heroes (bohaterowie) who fought against Nazi horror. Cars (samochody), public transports (transport publiczny), people (ludzie) stopped for one minute and city sirens and churches bells rang for one minute. It was an emotional moment, I remember many of these during all years I lived in Poland.

Warsaw Uprising. Image by Kamyq from Pixabay

As you know, on this day, 77 years ago, at 5pm the Warsaw Uprising began. The Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa, AK), the dominant force in the Polish resistance fought against the nazis from this date untill October 2nd 1944, and the total defeat of the Home Army by the Nazis Forces.

2 months later almost all Warsaw was destroyed, so many resistants and civilians were killed, and after 2 months nazis forces finally left the city.

If you didn’t know it, every year, people in Warsaw gather in several parts of the capital to celebrate the heroes of the uprising.

Flowers (kwiaty) were laid at the building on Warsaw’s Filtrowa St on Sunday, where on July 31, 1944, the commander of the Warsaw Division of the Home Army, Antoni Chruściel, signed the order to start the Warsaw Uprising.

The uprising, which lasted 63 days, was the largest military effort of any European resistance against Nazi Germany. I have heard a lot of stories about the uprising from my grandfather and I witness a lot of uprising anniversaries myself.

Take a look at one of the oder posts where I mentioned books where you can read more about the uprising.

Great books about Warsaw Uprising

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.