Recognition for the Uprising has been a long time in coming: not just internationally, but domestically also. In the period that followed the war Poland’s puppet government viewed participants as ‘anti Communist adventurers’, with veterans facing widespread persecution, and often imprisonment in the Siberian gulags or exile to the far corners of the Soviet Union: for decades the struggle was simply airbrushed from history.
With the political system showing signs of wobbling, the authorities began to cave in to public pressure. In 1983 the scout funded Little Insurgent memorial was unveiled on the edge of Old Town; six years later, and with the Communist party in its death throes, another publically financed project was also realized: the Warsaw Uprising Monument on Pl. Krasińskich. Freed from its socialist shackles, modern Warsaw is today inundated with monuments and memorials dedicated to the battle. We take a look at some of the best-known…
Warsaw’s sewage network was exploited to maximum effect by the Poles. The city’s most important monument to the Uprising portrays combatants both emerging from and retreating into the bowels of the city.
(words: AW / illustration: Maria Mileńko)