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Monument to the Ghetto Uprising, Warsaw: 114 reviews and 380 photos

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The Warsaw Uprising Museum shows the Uprising which was part of so-called Operation Tempest ("Akcja Burza") that was a series of uprisings conducted during WW II by the Polish Home Army. The chief goal was to seize control of cities and areas where German forces were preparing their defenses against the Soviet Red Army, so that Polish underground civil authorities could take power before the arrival of the Soviets.

Part of the exposition titled "Akcja Burza" includes information on Soviet terror following the marching West Red Army and unique pictures from the operation in eastern part of Poland within 1939 borders (today's Lithuania, western Belarus and Ukraine).

The Soviets regarded cooperation with the Home Army (AK) as a temporary necessity. First they had accepted the help of the AK in the liberation of eastern Polish territories, but soon then they left Polish troops at the mercy of prevailing German forces, and then eliminated the exposed and weakened Polish military and political structures. In the area of Vilnius, soon after capturing the city, the AK commanders were invited to meet Soviet commander Gen. Czernichowski. None of them returned to their troops. About five thousand soldiers who had refused to be incorporated into the Berling's Army (so-called Polish Army under Soviet military and political command) were placed in Soviet labor camps. Those who remained free returned to the underground or escaped to the West.

The Soviets behaved similarly with the AK troops that liberated Lviv. Poles, along with Soviet troops, fought for the city and succeeded in liberating it. Lviv was all adorned with Polish flags. Yet, the very next day, the Soviets began disarming the Home Army troops. The commander of the Home Army Lwow District entered talks with Gen. Zymierski. But at night the whole Polish delegation was put under arrest by the NKVD.

Disarming Poles, sending them to Soviet labor camps and murdering opponents became standard of Soviet "liberation."



Address: Ul. Grzybowska 79, 00-844 Warszawa; Polska
Directions: In centre - some 1.3 km northwest of Central Railway Station. Entrance and parking in Przyokopowa St. (one-way: only northward traffic). Map here
othercontact: kontakt@1944.pl
Phone: +48 (22) 539 79 01
Website: http://www.1944.pl

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  • Updated Mar 1, 2006
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