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Every August first, everyone in Warsaw stands still for a full minute to remember 200,000 dead

Aug 1, 2012 By Abraham

The Warsaw Uprising began on August 1, 1944. For the next 63 days, Poland’s army fought the Nazis, trying to liberate their capital. The rebellion was timed to coincide with the Soviet Union’s advance that should have left the Germans vulnerable, but…

…various military and political miscalculations, as well as global politics — played among Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt — turned the dice against [Warsaw]. [source]

The effort lasted nine weeks and failed, leaving 200,000 Polish dead, mainly civilians. Every year, Warsaw commemorates this horrific tragedy with a minute of stillness. It is tremendously moving, needless to say…


  1. merl says:

    I’m pretty sure that was the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Poles and Soviets sat on the sidelines while they got slaughtered.

    1. Sue T. says:

      The Jews in Warsaw were Poles, too. The Warsaw ghetto was liquidated by the Nazis in 1942. The Warsaw uprising in 1944, which this August 1 commemoration notes, resulted in 200,000 Poles dying while trying to drive out the Nazis but did not have support from the Soviets. Two different events, tragic results in both cases.

    2. Sam says:

      Stellar display of ignorance. Apparently you’re not aware that Polish people can also be Jewish.

      Not to mention the great number of people from non-Jewish descent who were forced into ghettos and labor camps (including gypsies, gay people, and those who lived in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods). My grandmother among them.

    3. Nebthtet says:

      @merl – please take your ignorance elsewhere. Our nation, Polish nation still suffers from aftereffects of that slaughter. People who died there and then were the young and bright of that generation, nation’s hope for times after the war. Without them rebuilding the country after the horror of WWII was so much harder…

      Cześć i chwała Polskim Bohaterom!

    4. PETE says:

      Choosing to be ignorant is called stupidity. This isnnot ignorance, it is anger and denial. Merl, Google “Warsaw after ww2” and look at the images.

  2. Scott says:

    It was the Warsaw Uprising. The Polish resistance staged an uprising with the intent of aiding in the liberation of Warsaw in advance of Soviet troops, in the hope that they would have some sort of say on what form the liberation of their country would take. They expected that the Soviets, within miles of the city, would also press forward with their offensive, thereby defeating the Germans. But the Soviets stopped their offensive, enabling the Germans to concentrate on the Polish resistance. The Poles fought for 63 days with almost no outside assistance, before they were finally defeated.

    The Warsaw Ghetto uprising by rhe Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto took place a year prior.

    1. Mark says:

      Made all the more sadder by the fact that the Soviets literally stopped their advance across the river from where the uprising was occurring. They could see he Poles fighting the Germans and could have helped, but waited….

  3. mark colin says:

    I went there earlier this year and learned about this history (pathetic I never learned it in school). Their city was completely destroyed. It is an amazing story I wish the Soviets or the Allies had helped. I think the Polish are still tough, smart and brave.

  4. Benek says:

    I’m deeply touched by ‘mels’
    comment. Because even 70 years a fter war Americans are talking about Polish concentralion camps not German (not nazi, nowadays people like to distinguish thoes 2 things , but looking at the 40s it was the same) and not to hear me wrong, I am not prejudiced, but this are the facts. There were camps all over the Europe and no one says albout Belgian Concentration camps, so to my American friend one lesson.
    Turn of the stupid tv and read some books , talk to people who have some knowledge , it won’t hurt you.I said American buy it applys to all.

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