An artwork project by Wroclaw (southern Poland) resident Tomasz Tomaszewski has won a competition for a sculpture or installation commemorating the liberation of Breda, the Netherlands, by the 1st Armored Division lead by General Stanisław Maczek in 1944.
The final day of the Warsaw Uprising and as the leader of the Polish AK gives the order to lay down arms, Hitler’s troops beginning razing the city to the ground street by street.
The Home Army commander, General Bór-Komorowski, realises the city can no longer be defended and tells the government in exile of his intention to surrender.
After days of fighting Hitler decides to honour the commanders of German forces in Warsaw despite the crimes against humanity. Meanwhile the Żoliborz district surrenders.
With the enemy closing in Home Army commanders tell the Red Army that unless they get support from the Soviets the Germans will crush the Uprising.
Starving, desperately short of supplies and with no bandages or medicine to care for the injured and dying: Day 59 of the Warsaw Uprising sees the Germans tighten their grip on the insurgents and the city’s civilians.
The Germans have begun sending civilians to work camps. Those who refuse to leave are killed in house-to-house searches.
German troops attack hospitals, setting them on fire and killing all the patients and 98 AK soldiers are gunned down after emerging from the sewers. The Germans then turn their attention to the northern district of Żoliborz.
As the district of Mokotów threatens to fall into German hands, Polish defenders plan their escape through the sewers.
The district of Mokotów becomes the centre of the battle with German tanks and troops attacking from the west.