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There is a secret printing house from the times of the Nazi occupation in the Warsaw Uprising Museum. It's a place to see large, original printing machines and to get to know that the Military Secret Publishing House of the Home Army High Command was since 1940 the biggest underground printing syndicate in occupied Europe. These "workshops" printed books, false documents, leaflets and magazines. Despite the death penalty for primters and distributors a few millions of daily paper copies, over a million of pamphlets and other coherent prints and about a million of leaflets were printed and distributed under Nazi and then Soviet occupation.
Strict censorship was one of key features of the new type, Soviet occupation after 1944. I personally remember the last years of that total "preventive" censorship. Anticommunist conspiracy after WWII published about 200 brochures and 450 daily papers. Wide publishing activity was conducted in 1976 - 1989 and many of those books and leaflets in somewhat mysterious way reached my family home. Well, it was unwritten rule not to ask where they came from and I never asked my father. I remember books on the Warsaw Uprising written by Bartoszewski and an article by Milosz, later awarded Nobel Prize in literature. He wrote that soon Lithuania (his birthplace) and the Baltic States would become independent states. Those times it seemed totally unreal!
These books publishes beyond censorship, each transferred after being read to the next people, played key role in my early life and helped me to survive hard times. They protected my brain against common propaganda and brainwash. I would put up the monument to those brave, anonymous people who till 1989 published and distibuted them despite terrible persecutions.
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
Phone: +48 (22) 539 79 01
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