German embassy marks the Warsaw Rising anniversary

The German embassy in Warsaw has commemorated the 76th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Rising. The flags above the embassy were lowered to half mast, and the Chargé d'affaires laid a wreath at the monument of the Warsaw Rising.

Warsaw Rising started 76 years ago

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“As a sign of deep pain and shame caused by the crimes of the German occupier during the fighting with the population of Warsaw during the Warsaw Rising, the German embassy lowered the flags to half of the masts’ height. The Chargé d'affaires of the embassy has laid a wreath at the monument of Warsaw Rising,” the embassy announced on social media.

The uprising began at 5pm (the “W” hour) on August 1, 1944, in an attempt to liberate the city from German hands as the Soviet Army began their offensive in German-occupied territory which is now central-eastern Poland.

The goal of the underground resistance organisations was to liberate Warsaw before the Soviet Union entered the capital.

However, real help from the Soviet Army never came. The “ally” stood on the eastern riverbank of the Vistula River and watched the capital city engulfed in blood and fire. After 63 days of fighting, running low on ammunition and food supplies, the uprising ended in the insurgents’ surrender on October 3.

In the end, around 200,000 insurgents and civilians lost their lives, and by the time the German forces withdrew from Warsaw in January 1945, around 85 percent of the city’s infrastructure had been completely levelled and barely six percent of Warsaw’s pre-war population still remained in the city.