Poles would probably not be free today if not for the heroism and sacrifice of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising insurgents, President Andrzej Duda said on Sunday in Warsaw at commemorations marking the 77th anniversary of the city's revolt against its Nazi-German occupants.
Flowers were laid at the building on Warsaw's Filtrowa Street on Sunday, where on July 31, 1944, the commander of the Warsaw Division of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa, AK), Antoni Chruściel, signed the order to start the Warsaw Uprising.
President Andrzej Duda, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski and a group of insurgents took part in Friday's commemorations in Warsaw, which started events to mark the upcoming 77th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.
Jedwabne, in Poland's northeastern Podlaskie province, commemorated on Friday the 80th anniversary of a 1941 German-inspired pogrom of the town's Jewish population by their Polish neighbours.
The Polish president and prime minister marked on Sunday the 78th anniversary of the 1943 Volhynia Massacre in which Ukrainian nationalists killed about 100,000 Polish nationals in the regions of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia (pre-WW2 eastern Poland).
Weighing nearly 13 tons, cast in Kraków in 1520 by Nuremberg bellmaker Hans Beham, it was hung on 9 July 1521 in a specially erected defence tower of Wawel Royal Castle, known as the Zygmunt Tower.
Breaking out on June 28, 1956, at the city's Cegielski engineering plant, at that time called the Stalin plant, and were the first mass protests against Poland's post-war communist regime.
GALLERY: Known as the Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie, the fair has grown into the biggest trade fair in Poland and one of the largest in the world with over 13,000 exhibitors coming from 70 countries.
To mark the 60th anniversary of one of the most valuable hoards of treasure ever found in Europe, TFN’s Nick Westerby travelled to Toruń to find out more about the stash and where it came from.
Poland’s president has lauded the country’s May 3 Constitution of 1791, saying it was a great reform that aimed to bolster freedom and protect Poland’s sovereignty.