Coinciding with the 78th anniversary of the Wola Massacre, a new exhibition organised by the Warsaw Rising Museum has opened examining the role of its primary perpetrator, Heinz Reinefarth, and his subsequent escape from justice.
United by the slogan ‘Honour and Glory to the Heroes’ the series is divided into two types of posters - one depicting colourised photos showing scenes from 78 years ago, while the second group are portraits of living insurgents holding their own wartime photographs.
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.
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.
PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday in Warsaw laid flowers under a memorial plaque to the 1944 Wola Slaughter to mark the massacre's 76th 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.
Polish President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath on Saturday at a monument in Warsaw's Wola district that commemorates the liquidation of Wolski hospital by the Nazi German occupiers in 1944 as part of the Wola Slaughter, one of the bloodiest events of the Warsaw Uprising.
Enraged by the impertinence of the Polish Home Army, Hitler orders the city wiped off the face of the map - every man, woman and child was to be killed. In the rapture that follows the first days of the Warsaw Uprising, that order became reality for 11 young girls helping the wounded in a hospital. Some of the worst war criminals of World War 2 were set on the defenceless civilians in the West of the city. Including the hospital. This is the story of those 11 girls and how Poles today keep theirs - and the thousands other murdered in what has become known as the Wola massacre - alive.
By the end of the bloodbath seven days later, 40,000 to 60,000 civilians would be dead, most of them shot, many burned alive and many others raped and mutilated in a sickening, bestial orgy of killing.
Warsaw residents will take part on Monday in a Remembrance March to honour civilian victims of the Warsaw Uprising, including the Wola Massacre. The Wola Massacre is considered to have been one of the largest crimes against the Polish population during WWII.