Created in 1946 as part of a post-war nationwide school project, the pencil and crayon images obtained by TFN show the full, terrible experience of war from the perspective of children.
Occupying 210 square metres and the entire wall of a building in Warsaw’s Ochota district, the design by historical mural painter Rafał Roskowiński is based on two archival photographs of celebrated Warsaw Uprising veteran Professor Witold Kieżun.
After receiving the photo of a mother and father with their new-born baby, the Institute of National Remembrance began a nationwide media campaign to try and identify them. They were later contacted by Stefan Piątkowski who identified the woman as his sister Barbara Piątkowska who had given birth on September 28, 1944 at 9 Polna street in the south of Warsaw.
Due to open in mid-2022, the memorial will feature over 62,000 brass plaques with the names of those who died, with many left blank so that new names can be entered as research into naming all the victims continues.
Stunned heritage officials said the discovery, along with a treasure trove of other valuables which survived two world wars, including the Warsaw Uprising, and the subsequent decades of Communism, are in almost pristine condition.
VIDEO: The 59 black and white photographs were not taken by German photoreporters from a propaganda company but by a regular soldier, although which unit he served with and what specifically he was doing in Warsaw remains a mystery.
As a soldier of the National Military Organisation and the Home Army, Ryszard Witkowski whose nom de guerre was Orliński, used the Leica camera to record German railway transports, patriotic underground events, the activities of Home Army soldiers in Milanowek, the exodus of refugees from Warsaw and the destroyed city after the Uprising.
Entitled "Warszawaupproret 1944" (1944 Warsaw Uprising) by Swedish historian Artur Szulc, the book’s publishers say that for decades the Warsaw Uprising was largely unknown outside Poland owing to the Iron Curtain.
The film , ‘Wyszyński - Revenge or Forgiveness' which premiered yesterday, stars Ksawery Szlenkier as Stefan Wyszyński and Małgorzata Kożuchowska as Mother Elżbieta.
Julian Eugeniusz Kulski, a hero of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and one of the most eminent members of the Polish diaspora, has died in Washington, D.C., at the age of 92.