Uprising Anniversary 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 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the traditional singing of songs banned under the Nazis at 8 p.m. on Pl. Piłsudskiego, and the 9 p.m. lighting of bonfires on the Uprising Mound on ul. Bartycka.

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Warsaw will pause for a minute’s silence at 5 p.m. to mark the outbreak of the battle: favored gathering points for this include Pl. Zamkowy, Powazki Cemetery, Rondo Dmowskiego – the latter is particularly popular among the flare-wielding Legia types and has, in recent times, found itself facing increased criticism in some quarters for its celebratory, nationalist style.

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Powazki’s Military Cemetery, will be where officials and veterans gather, while Pl. Zamkowy has traditionally attracted a more liberal crowd to that drawn to Dmowskiego. Regardless, wherever you find yourself the minute’s silence is a profoundly moving moment during which visitors and residents alike feel a connection and understanding of the city.

For info and a more detailed schedule of planned events, see: 1944.pl

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