WWII

1943: A Rising Remembered
Though amounting to approximately a third of the capital’s pre-war population, the Nazi occupation saw the capital’s Jews confined within an area covering a paltry 2.5% of the town. Considered the largest and most significant Ghetto in the Third Reich, it was subsequently sealed off in November, 1941. “We...
Warsaw Uprising: 1944
August 1st marks the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a battle that would come to define the spirit and soul of the Polish capital… THE BACK STORY Viewed as a melting pot of decadence, a hotbed of dissent, a cradle of European Jewry and a symbol of Polish...
Warsaw Uprising: 1944
Transformed, in the words of historian Norman Davies, into a “lawless laboratory of Nazi racial ideology,” wartime Poland was a dark place to be – but Warsaw darker still. Viewed as a melting pot of decadence, a hotbed of dissent, a cradle of European Jewry and a symbol of...
Commemorating the Uprising
Throughout the day, August 1st will witness a number of official ceremonies with events kicking-off in earnest at 9 a.m. with the laying of wreaths at the monument to Colonel Antoni Chruściel (commander of the Warsaw district) on Filtrowa 68. More official business will be conducted from 4 p.m....
Survivor Saved!
One of Warsaw’s great surviving war ruins has been saved after being entered into the so-called ‘register of monuments’. Substantially damaged towards the end of WWII, the building at Waliców 14 had come to be viewed as one of the city’s quirkier landmarks on account of its crowning feature:...
Travel: Podgórze

Travel: Podgórze

Features 23 February 2018 0

BY ALEX WEBBER | PHOTOS BY ED WIGHT Podgórze: Kraków’s left rump hasn’t always reveled in the healthiest of reputations. A friend of mine lived there for a while around about the start of the millennium and had a habit of calling it ‘the land of flying knives’. “It’s...
Save The Wreck!

Save The Wreck!

Insider News 21 October 2017 0

Efforts are underway to rescue one of Warsaw’s great surviving war ruins from outright destruction. Substantially damaged towards the end of WWII, the building at Waliców 14 has become one of the city’s quirkier landmarks on account of its crowning feature: a shattered exterior wall adorned with a 1,400...
Controversies of the Rising
Over seventy years on, the rights and wrongs of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising continue to be the source of fierce debate… BY STUART DOWELL They say that if you lock two Poles in a room for 24 hours you will get three opinions, not to mention several political parties,...
Treblinka Remembered
The 74th anniversary of the inmate rebellion at the Treblinka death camp was marked last Wednesday by a somber ceremony organized by the Jewish Historical Institute. Those in attendance included the Israeli ambassador, Anna Azari, Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, and Ada Willenberg, widow of the late Samuel Willenberg,...
Uprising Anniversary
The 73rd anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising will be commemorated by way of numerous services, exhibitions, lectures and screenings throughout the month. As ever, August 1 is set to be the most important day, with events including a ceremonial changing of the guard at noon in front of...

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