Polish capital pays tribute to 1944 heroic act of resistance

2020-08-01 20:02 update: 2020-08-03, 13:35
PAP/Radek Pietruszka
PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Sirens sounded throughout Warsaw at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, the exact time of the August 1, 1944, outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising against the city's Nazi German invaders, to mark the revolt's 76th anniversary.

As the sirens wailed, traffic and pedestrians stopped throughout the city for a minute of silence in tribute to the fighters and victims of the bloody WWII insurgency.

At 5:00 pm President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Glinski, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, lower house Speaker Elzbieta Witek and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Gloria Victis (glory to the defeated - PAP) memorial in Warsaw's Powazki Cemetery, where 4,000-4,500 of them are buried.

Just before the sirens were turned on, Duda and Morawiecki laid flowers at the grave of General Antoni Chrusciel, the commander of the Warsaw District of the Home Army and the commander of all Polish forces fighting against the Germans in the uprising. (PAP)