Monument to the Ghetto Uprising, Warsaw
The monument over the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising is commemorating the citizens uprising in 1944 from the tyranny of the German Nazi, unfortunately ended tragically. The monument is located on the Krasinskich Square.
Probably one of the most common mistakes for any Warsaw tourist is to mix up two of the most important events in Warsaw’s history. The Warsaw Uprising and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This monument has little to do with the Jews in the Ghetto, they have another, majestic monument.
Confused? Maybe, but anyway, this is the monument dedicated to the fighters of the Warsaw Uprising. This event takes a special place in the history of the Polish Nation as an attempt of self-liberation from the occupying Nazis. The fights took place between August 1st and October 2nd 1944, when the Germans were already retreating from the Eastern front. A lack of support from outside finally caused the uprising to fail and resulted in an almost total destruction of the city.
Due to tensions with the Soviet Union (especially concerning its doubtful role during the uprising), a monument to the insurgents was not erected in Poland. The present monument was unveiled on August 1st 1989, short before the Soviet Union collapsed. It stands on the spot where the Polish counter-attack on the German Army started.
When this monument was unveiled on April 19th 1948, the fifth anniversary of the uprising, it stood in the middle the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto. The monument shows the fighters on one side, with their range of feelings between pride, determination, desperation and fear. The other side shows the people they are fighting for, the Jewish population of Warsaw in threat of being murdered by the Nazis. The stone was once ordered by the Nazis from Sweden and was intended for an own victory monument in Warsaw. Thankfully, this was never built. This monument gained worldwide attention when West-German chancellor Willy Brandt knelt down in front of it in 1970. For further details on that, please check out the tip about the monument to Willy Brandt which is on the same square.
Background: After thousands of people were deported to death camps at Auschwitz and other cities of occupied Germany, the German government decided to liquidate the Warsaw Ghetto with its last 70 000 inhabitants. When first actions took place on April 19th 1943, the Nazis met unexpected resistance. Although the Jewish resistance gained the sympathies of many civilians and non-Jewish Polish resistance fighters, they were clearly outnumbered by the Nazi troops. In this hopeless fight, a famous line is often attributed to the leaders of this uprising: “We are just fighting for two lines in a history book.” Most fighters were captured or killed by the Nazis by May 16th, although limited resistance continued until June 5th. The Warsaw Ghetto uprising is often confused with the Warsaw Uprising, which took place a year later. Although the 1944 uprising is of larger importance in the history of the Polish nation, people worldwide see the Warsaw Ghetto uprising as the prime example of resistance against the Nazi regime.
This monument in Warsaw, Poland does little to bring to life the tragic story of these few Jewish heros who made an attempt to stand against the Nazi slaughter when the world was settling back to watch. It is such a sad display of world apathy that 6 million could be led like cattle to be brutally murdered while nothing was done.
Here are a few web sites if you are interested in learning more.
We can only hope that our people on this planet will learn that we ARE all, and long for, the same, even if we have different beliefs, colors or places of birth.
Nicely laid out museum that lets you know something about a piece of history that I was not aware of, the Polish people rising against the Germans who had occupied their homes and the betrayal of the Russians who had promised help and never gave that help.
You can see everything from the printing presses used to publish papers and flyers to the actual greatcoats worn by the Polish insurgents.
This museum should be a must for the first time visitor. The museum features the horrors the Poles suffered during WW2. The darkness of the museum combined with the "searching lights" (sorry I don't know how to call them), the sounds of planes flying and bombs falling gives the impression of you being there, in the middle of where it all happened. I couldn't help but thinking "this cannot happen again!" the whole time.
You can listening to phone conversations (in Polish only) and see some picture presentations in one of their binoculars on the wall, and of course there's reading material in English and (mostly in) Polish.
We liked that there was children and young teenagers on a school field trip, because if we don't learn our history it's doomed (for lack of a better word) to be repeated.
Practical info: ticket price 4PLN for everyone except for children under 8. Closed on Tuesdays, open Friday-Sunday 8am to 6pm and the rest of the week 8am to 8pm.
They say that pictures are worth
a thousand words, so because of
the seriousness of this museum, we
would not want to mis-quote what
it is all about.
Enjoy our pictures from within the
museum, andvisit their website for
the complete details of themuseum,
and why it was erected.
The museum contains a memorial wall,
exhibitions, oral history project, a virtual
tour, and general information ....
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS:
8.00 am - 8.00 pm Thursday
8.00 am - 6.00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
10.00 am - 6.00 pm Saturday and Sunday
Regular - 4 PLN
Reduced Rate - 2 PLN
Group Ticket - 1 PLN
Sunday: Admission Free
On our arrival here at The Warsaw Monument to the Uprising, we were both overcome by emmotions. It took some time pondering this magnificent collection of statues grouped together telling of the great heros struggle to defend their beloved city and their subsequent escape decending into the sewar system. The Monument was unvieled on the 1st. August 1989 and is placed in the square where the original sewar system was. .The Statues stand as if protected and guarded by the Supreme Court of Justice. The Warsaw Uprising Monument was long expected and long awaited by the People of Warsaw and indeed Poland.
The museum is very large and very impressive. We had to queue for about 15 mins to get in on Sunday (when admission is free) - only ~ 4 zlots weekdays.
The exhibits are well worth a visit, but I would advise setting aside 2-3 hours, so you can read through the explanations and follow the story. My one criticism is that the history is not so easy to follow - the exhibits seem to be standalone as opposed to coming togther to form a coherent story.
During the Uprising the Home Army's Department of Propaganda made short movies which were watched in the cinema "Palladium" in Zlota St. I've watched one of these movies (with English subtitles) in the Uprising Museum cinema on the mezzanone level. I've got to know that the building which housed the Palladium Cinema is under renovation and will soon house Academic Multimedial Center Palladium: 120 computer stands, art gallery and small cinema with ambitious movies to watch and then discuss.
I've seen also uprising barricade with a huge photo of Warsaw street behind and information on so-called Columbus Generation on the walls where tenths pictures of young insurgent's faces and mirrors were hung.
The Generation of Columbus is common name of Poles born around 1920 who actively took part in anti-Nazi resistance and Warsaw Uprising. Many of them were killed that time. Those who survived WWII were persecuted by communist regime but played very important role transferring their strong patriotic feelings to their kids which was best seen during 16 months of the first anti-communist Solidarity movement in 1980 - 1981. The name of that generation originates from the title of famous in Poland book: "Kolumbowie. Rocznik 20" (Columbs, year 20 - review, follow the link in the bottom) by Roman Bratny which surprisingly was published in Poland (despite censorship) in 1957 that was after the end of the hardest Stalin's times. In 1970 the war, drama TV series "Kolumbowie" was made.
There is seperate room of the Warsaw Uprising Museum referred to the communication during the Uprising. On display there is a copy of the radio transmitter which broadcasted first insurgent programme on August, 8.
The insurgent radio "Lightening" broadcated daily news, reports from fighting, commentaries, comments from insurgent press, and artistic programme. The transmitter often changed its seat not to be pointed by German artillery or aircrafts. The last programme on October, 4 ended with the song entitled "Warszawianka" ("The Varsovian"). The chief engineer destroyed the broadcasting station.
That monument was made in 1989. How he looks, you can see on the photos. If you wanna more informations about it you should go to that website:
It was one of museum, together with Royal castle rooms I wanted to visit in Warsaw, so the third, last, day we took tram to Uprising museum.
It is a place, fully presenting event of Warsaw Uprising in 1944, about battles with Nazis, life of local people that time, Warsaw’s bombing and restoring.
Museum is located in a former factory; today it is, as written in guides, one of the best museums in Poland. Actually I found it a bit confusing talking about direction, where to go and by what system to see.
Price for an adult is 10 zloty (2,55 euros).
The monument is for Warsaw Uprising against Nazis in 1944. Actually such action was both heroic and tragic. The Warsaw later was almost fully destroyed and nowadays much of that could be seen is rebuilt after it.
The monument stands here from 1989 showing a group of insurgents in attack.
In front of Uprising monument is a glass building - Poland’s Supreme Court. On every column cites from Roman law are mentioned. That’s very nice modern building I should say.
The impressive monument commemorates the heroic uprising of the Polish civilians against the Nazis. The uprising was doomed to failure and about 200 000 Polish people died.
The monument was inaugurated in 1989 and shows a group of insurgents in battle and another group descending into sewers.
The Warsaw Uprising Monument is located on the site of the former national theatre in a corner of Plac Krasinskich.