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Commemoration of 75th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Warsaw insurrection started on August 1, 1944, at 5 p.m. That moment is now named in the Polish history as “Godzina W” (the W hour) with W standing for Warsaw.

In the summer of 1944, the underground Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa) launched the operation.

Poland had suffered five years of a brutal German occupation but expected the Soviets to reach the Polish capital soon, as they approached from the East. The main political objective of the Home Army was to liberate Warsaw and welcome the Red Army into a city already freed from the Nazis. The underground resistance movement aimed to establish more equal relations with their powerful eastern neighbour. Despite poor relations between the Soviet Union and Poland, the Armia Krajowa commanders hoped that the Red Army would help them fight the Germans.

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On Aug. 1, 1944, the Polish underground resistance, led by the Polish Home Army, began a major military operation to liberate Warsaw from Nazi occupation. The uprising, which lasted 63 days, was the largest military effort of any European resistance against Nazi Germany.

On August 1st 2019 Poland will mark 75th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising. The Polish capital will come to a standstill at 5 p.m. as sirens blare to commemorate the insurrection.

Cars will stop, pedestrians will freeze. For one minute of stillness, sirens will blare across the city. Red and white smoke will be sent above crowds. 

This annual moment of silence is how Poles commemorate the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, which had at least 150,000 victims.

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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.