The Warsaw Uprising Memorial commemorates the uprising in the Warsaw in 1944, which was a final stand by the Polish resistance as the German forces retreated and the Soviet forces advanced. It was a brutal 63 days (the longest military engagement by a resistance movement – ever!) during which Germany retreated but the Soviets did very little to assist. In fact the Soviets stopped their advance to allow the Germans to raze the city before they left.
This memorial reminds us how important the sewers were to the resistance in being able travel through Warsaw undetected.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is build inside an old power station with labyrinthine corridors that seem to wind all over the place. Now I know a little about the Ghetto Uprising, but I was completely aware that there was a separate city uprising when the population stood against the retreating Germans and the approaching communists. It was a very interesting and sobering experience.
Underground printing press
The room dedicated to the children was sad, yet interesting how involved children were in the basis survival of the city during world war 2. Children were often used as couriers to pass messages around (a big theme in Milage 18).
“Little Insurrectionist” – Child soldier
There was even a replicator of a Liberator B-24J bomber – you can see the eagle about to grab onto the swastika. The museum is full of interesting multi-media experiences – very modern and well-though out. A far cry from the museum’s of the past.
Liberator B-24J bomber