Polish, German foreign ministers lay wreaths at commemorative monument

Polish, German foreign ministers lay wreaths at commemorative monument. Rafał Guz/PAP

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his German counterpart Heiko Maas laid wreaths on Thursday at a monument in Warsaw commemorating the 'Wola Slaughter,' a massacre of civilians committed by Nazi German forces during the Warsaw Uprising.

During the early days of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, the largest resistance operation in German-occupied Europe during World War II, 50,000 civilians in Warsaw's western Wola district were murdered by the Germans between August 5 to 12 in what is known as the Wola Slaughter.

Following the wreath-laying ceremony, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Czaputowicz and Maas will visit the Warsaw Rising Museum. The two foreign ministers will also meet and address Polish and German youth. After 12pm, the two diplomats will light vigil lanterns at the museum's Wall of Remembrance.

Thursday is the second day of the German foreign minister's visit to Poland. On Wednesday he met with Czaputowicz and was received by President Andrzej Duda.