PM marks WWII 'Wola Slaughter' anniversary
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki remembered the 'Wola Slaughter' perpetrated by Nazi Germany during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, as "the worst civilian massacre of the Second World War" on the event's 76th anniversary.
"Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treblinka, Sztutowo - these names are known worldwide. They are symbols of the genocide perpetrated in the name of the totalitarian ideology of the criminal German Nazism," Morawiecki wrote. "To these monstrosities, which were perpetrated by the German criminals, belongs the 'Wola Slaughter,' when in the course of 10 days (August 2-12) the Germans murdered about 65,000 residents of Warsaw during the Warsaw Uprising."
The PM recalled that on August 5, 1944, around 30,000 Poles were killed. "The monstrous genocide, committed on the residents of Warsaw, must be remembered and documented," the post continued. "Some were burned alive, thousands were ordered to hold wooden boards before being shot so that the piles of those murdered would burn faster in the yards and squares, serving the torturers as monstrous crematoria."
"The Wola Slaughter was the biggest single massacre of civilians in Europe during the Second World War. It was a sentence on Poles, revenge for the outbreak of the Uprising. It represented a part of the German plan of liquidating the Polish Nation. The nation which 'for 700 years blocked us from the East and since the battle of Tannenberg has laid in our way,' as Himmler justified the crime. And after the destruction of the Polish Nation 'the historical Polish problem will not be a problem for our children and for all those who come after us, bah, not even for us any more'," Morawiecki went on.
The prime minister stated that "none of the German criminals, who were responsible for the 'Wola Slaughter,' were punished."
Repeating his call for the massacre to be remembered and documented, Morawiecki said it should never be forgotten how so many "innocent children and their families, were mercilessly mass murdered for their desire for freedom and for belonging to the Polish nation. Honour to their memory!" the Facebook post read.
Between 40,000 and 60,000 Warsaw civilians were murdered in the city's western Wola district during the Wola Slaughter, sparked by the outbreak of the August 1, 1944, Warsaw Uprising.