Warsaw Rising Museum

Warsaw Rising Museum The Warsaw Rising Museum is a tribute to those who fought and died for independent Poland and its free capital in 1944.

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In 2016 the Warsaw Rising Museum received as a donation a heartbreaking diary by Włodzimierz Cegłowski "Sońka" who peris...
15/09/2021

In 2016 the Warsaw Rising Museum received as a donation a heartbreaking diary by Włodzimierz Cegłowski "Sońka" who perished #OTD in 1944. When you go through the pages of this simple, beautiful, chaotically written but powerful in its impact testimony of the #warsawrising1944, you cannot escape the feeling that war takes it all. Destroys your life and tears down to foundation anything you hold so dear.

Sońka was writing it to his girlfriend - Zosia, whom he adressed in the sweetest way possible... One sees how much he longed for their reunion. Which never happened...

Zosia never got married. An old lady - she died a few months before the diary was to be handed over to her.

In one of the photos attached, he's with his family. His brother also persihed in #WW2 and the story of their family deserves to be a book.

Would there be a library to find free space for all #WW2 testimonies and memories of the devastating crimes by Germans and Soviets?...

#ThereWasACity #LestWeForget #WW2

A special chalice commemorating the #WarsawRising1944 will be used in today's beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński...
12/09/2021

A special chalice commemorating the #WarsawRising1944 will be used in today's beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński who was a chaplain in the Rising and later became the unforgettable Primate of Poland.

Watch live at 12pm CET:
📺https://t.co/1XJv6wbGd9

ℹRead more:
https://www.exaudi.org/fr-wyszynskis-participation-in-the-warsaw-uprising/

The chalice by Teresa Duczkowska.
Source: https://www.rdc.pl/informacje/beatyfikacja-kard-s-wyszynskiego-wyjatkowy-kielich-na-mszy-swietej/

Photo/A.Gulak & Warsaw Rising Museum

🔈Attention our friends in the UK! 📆Sunday 26th September 2021 - In Memory Of The Air Bridge Memorial Service Founder, Ji...
11/09/2021
Newark Cemetery Nottinghamshire Memories

🔈Attention our friends in the UK!
📆Sunday 26th September 2021 - In Memory Of The Air Bridge Memorial Service Founder, Jim Auton MBE - Casualties Of The 1944 Warsaw Uprising. This Will Take Place From The Other End Of Newark Cemetery At Thoresby Avenue, Newark NG24 4DJ - Arrival Time By 1.45pm Procession Leaving At 2pm To Air- Bridge Memorial - Free Parking. "We Also Do Remember The Sacrifice Of Those Who Died For Freedom Over 63 Days. The Polish Warsaw Uprising That Started At 5pm On The 1st August Until 2nd October 1944"

Newark Cemetery Nottinghamshire Historical Commonwealth And Polish Memories Across the Uk And The World

▫️TRACES OF WAR▫️ The streets of Warsaw bear the wounds that won't heal. Give it a thought when sipping your morning tea...
08/09/2021

▫️TRACES OF WAR▫️ The streets of Warsaw bear the wounds that won't heal. Give it a thought when sipping your morning tea. Think of those who hadn't been drinking and having a proper meal. Think of those who are suffering still.

#ThereWasACity
Photo by F. Dowjat

▫️TRACES OF WAR▫️ The streets of Warsaw bear the wounds that won't heal. Give it a thought when sipping your morning tea. Think of those who hadn't been drinking and having a proper meal. Think of those who are suffering still.

#ThereWasACity
Photo by F. Dowjat

06/09/2021

The war that broke out in September 1939 was like no other.

➡️ According to 1931 national census, the population of Poland was 32,157,000.

➡️ Among these people were Marian Korczak, born in 1897, Anna Bogdanowicz, born in 1904, Tadeusz Sędzielowski, born in 1906, Zygmunt Rumel, born in 1915, Grażyna Kierszniewska, born in 1924 and Rutka Laskier, born in 1929.

➡️ Another census, taken on 3 December 1950, reported 25,008,000 citizens. Korczak, Bogdanowicz, Sędzielowski, Rumel, Kierszniewska or Laskier were not among them.

🏴 Lt. Col. Marian Korczak, a cavalryman fighting in the 1939 September campaign, was caught by the Soviets, and in the spring of 1940, murdered in Katyń.

🏴 Anna Bogdanowicz, a teacher, was sent to KL Auschwitz for aiding Jews. There she died of typhus in June 1943.

🏴 Cpt. Tadeusz Sędzielowski, a fighter pilot, was shot down on 7 September 1939 near Sierpc.

🏴 Zygmunt Rumel, a poet and Home Army officer, was tortured by Ukrainian nationalists and then tied to four horses and ripped apart in Volhynia in July 1943.

🏴 Grażyna Kierszniewska, a 16-year-old Polish scout, was arrested as a hostage and imprisoned in Zamość, where she was tortured and finally shot by the Gestapo on 8 July 1940.

🏴 Rutka Laskier was a Polish-Jewish girl from Będzin, in August 1943 deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and gassed there upon arrival. She was 14.

➡️ They are just six people out of nearly six million who never made it to the 1950 census, their lives cut short by the war.

➡️ 550,000 to 650,000 – both servicemen and civilians – were casualties and victims of military operations.

➡️ A staggering number of 5.3 to 5.4 million, 2.9 million of them Jews, perished as a result of terror of German or Soviet occupation. Roughly 3.6 million died in camps, executions and pacification actions, the rest from starvation and diseases.

➡️ The cities were crippled; Warsaw lost half of its inhabitants. Residents of others – Cracow, Łódź or Białystok – were decimated. Hundreds of villages got burned to the ground and their population murdered.

➡️ Incomplete or incorrect records, perpetrators’ attempts to erase traces of their crimes, expulsions, resettlement and redrawn borders made exact calculations impossible. Still, one thing appears clear: during WWII Poland bore the largest loss of life per capita.

➡️ It took her 20 years – until 1970 – to rebuild the population to its 1931 level, 20 years until the numbers checked and Poland once again had 32,000,000 residents. However, millions of them were different people.

➡️Because millions of Korczaks and Laskiers were gone. ◾️

That's what the interior of an allied bomber looked like after air operations in #WW2. That's what the #WarsawAirlift lo...
06/09/2021

That's what the interior of an allied bomber looked like after air operations in #WW2.
That's what the #WarsawAirlift looked like as well.

#LestWeForget the dedication of all the allied airmen who flew to Warsaw to bring relief to the battered Polish capital struggling to get out of the German clenches at the time of the #WarsawRising1944

Photo by: IWM, TT account @ron_eisele: "Handley Page Halifax B Mark II, 614 Sqn. RAF, showing anti-aircraft splinter holes sustained during a pathfinding operation over Europe."

That's what the interior of an allied bomber looked like after air operations in #WW2.
That's what the #WarsawAirlift looked like as well.

#LestWeForget the dedication of all the allied airmen who flew to Warsaw to bring relief to the battered Polish capital struggling to get out of the German clenches at the time of the #WarsawRising1944

Photo by: IWM, TT account @ron_eisele: "Handley Page Halifax B Mark II, 614 Sqn. RAF, showing anti-aircraft splinter holes sustained during a pathfinding operation over Europe."

The tragedy of Warsaw 1939 seen by Julien Bryan
02/09/2021
The tragedy of Warsaw 1939 seen by Julien Bryan

The tragedy of Warsaw 1939 seen by Julien Bryan

Julien Bryan was an American photographer, documentarian and filmmaker, known for his documentary “Siege”, depicting the siege of Warsaw in September […]

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief”. John Keats #ThereWasACity (Photo by F. Dowjat)
02/09/2021

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief”.
John Keats

#ThereWasACity
(Photo by F. Dowjat)

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief”.
John Keats

#ThereWasACity
(Photo by F. Dowjat)

31/08/2021

There is no normal life when your city is being bombarded. When your property is lost. When the only thing you can stick to are your loved ones. Provided they are still alive.
Be grateful for what you have. Freedom cannot be taken for granted. Never.

#WarsawRising1944
🎞http://warsawrising-thefilm.com/

EVACUATION THROUGH SEWERS during #WarsawRising1944 was a dantesque experience. Maria Latkowska “Maryla” was 8 months pre...
29/08/2021

EVACUATION THROUGH SEWERS during #WarsawRising1944 was a dantesque experience. Maria Latkowska “Maryla” was 8 months pregnant in Aug, 1944. She served as a medical orderly. Her husband was a doctor. They were forced to escape through the sewers from the burning Old Town of Warsaw... Preterm labor started and Maria and the baby died. Michał served the patients STILL and TILL his death in 1982.

#ThereWasACity #WW2 #LestWeForget

War leads to devastation with kids suffering like no one else. Michał Skibiński was only 8 when his world collapsed with...
26/08/2021

War leads to devastation with kids suffering like no one else. Michał Skibiński was only 8 when his world collapsed with the outbreak of #WW2. Reach for his diary, a heartbreaking account with perfect illustrations by H.Stiasny. Award winning book soon on sale🌎 #ThereWasACity

The author's Dad was a 🇵🇱pilot killed already in September 1939. He came to bid farewell to his son right before the hell of the fighting started...

Michał Skibiński became a Catholic priest after the war: Listen🇵🇱🎙https://www.polskieradio.pl/8/3669/Artykul/2354566,Widzialem-pieknego-dzieciola-Od-dzieciecego-zeszytu-do-ksiazki

War leads to devastation with kids suffering like no one else. Michał Skibiński was only 8 when his world collapsed with the outbreak of #WW2. Reach for his diary, a heartbreaking account with perfect illustrations by H.Stiasny. Award winning book soon on sale🌎 #ThereWasACity

The author's Dad was a 🇵🇱pilot killed already in September 1939. He came to bid farewell to his son right before the hell of the fighting started...

Michał Skibiński became a Catholic priest after the war: Listen🇵🇱🎙https://www.polskieradio.pl/8/3669/Artykul/2354566,Widzialem-pieknego-dzieciola-Od-dzieciecego-zeszytu-do-ksiazki

Photos from Institute of National Remembrance's post
25/08/2021

Photos from Institute of National Remembrance's post

22/08/2021

🇵🇱 Dziś jest szczególny dzień! 93. urodziny obchodzi pani Daniela Ogińska "Pszczoła", biorąca udział w Powstaniu Warszawskim 🇵🇱 Wszystkie życzenia, jakie znajdą się pod tym postem przeczytamy Pani Danieli! 📣

💬 "Wszyscy, którzy byliśmy członkami konspiracji, oczekiwaliśmy tego hasła. Marzyliśmy o tym, żeby się wreszcie z Niemcami rozprawić. (...) Przyszła do mnie "Ula", że jest wyznaczona godzina "W". Wyszłam z domu, nawet nie zdążyłam dokończyć obiadu – opowiadała uczestniczka zrywu.
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🇬🇧 [ENG] Today is a special day! Mrs. Daniela Ogińska nickname "Pszczoła", who took part in the Warsaw Uprising, is celebrating her 93rd birthday 📣

💬 "All the conspirators waited for this moment. We dreamed of finally cracking down on the Germans. (...)" Ula "came to me, said that the" W "hour had come. I left the house, I did not even finish the dinner" - said the participant of the Warsaw Uprising.

21/08/2021

#OTD 77 years ago an 11 yo Wojtek Zalewski "White Eagle" was killed by a sniper during #WarsawRising1944. His tomb has not been found to this day.
#ThereWasACity
🎞http://warsawrising-thefilm.com

Photos from Institute of National Remembrance's post
19/08/2021

Photos from Institute of National Remembrance's post

W/O F. Obuch was a radio operator who flew to Warsaw with F/S Tadeusz Ruman who steadfastly believed that he owed his lu...
18/08/2021

W/O F. Obuch was a radio operator who flew to Warsaw with F/S Tadeusz Ruman who steadfastly believed that he owed his lucky returns to base to the medallion with which he never parted (on Main Exposition at the Warsaw Rising Museum📸)

💔📜Read a poem dedicated to the airmen, including the Author's Father, Warrant Officer Franciszek Obuch, for their heroic flights in support of the combatants of the #WarsawRising August,1944.

"COFFIN BIRD"

Shadowed silhouette, sitting alouette,
rocked by updrafts
shot in crimson, flaked by leaden night,
downed with feathered light,
and piercing canon:
irradiated ship illumes death below.

On high we pray for Warsaw's wounds:
her blood and fears,
agony and tears.
O holy Lord! uphold our Spirit high
or commend it to your sacrifice.

Copyright author: Janette Obuch Wells. Can be used without seeking author's permission by the Warsaw Rising Museum and other worldwide institutions holding events dedicated to the commemoration and remembrance of the Polish Airmen of #WW2. Please acknowledge author's name. Thank you

#therewasacity

Honoured by the presence of HE Ambassador of  🇿🇦to🇵🇱 Ms Nomvula Mngomezulu, joined by many organisations and Poles who b...
17/08/2021

Honoured by the presence of HE Ambassador of 🇿🇦to🇵🇱 Ms Nomvula Mngomezulu, joined by many organisations and Poles who believe that history plays a crucial role in our lives, 77th anniversary of the Liberator KG 939 crash was commemorated in Michalin on Aug, 15 2021

📷Watch the photo gallery: https://bit.ly/3CXP9hF

The ceremony started at noon and lasted for a few hours with a passionate speech given by HE Ms Ambassador and an account of an eyewitness, Bogusław WIęckiewicz, who gave us his testimony on these fateful days of #WWII.

Wreaths laid to the eternal memory of the Fallen:
Robert Hamilton (SAAF),
Leslie Mayes (RAF) and
Herbert Hudson (RAF)
as well as an unforgettable moment when Mr Więckiewicz offered "the Airman's Tear" - a piece of a melted aluminium of the Liberator he found next to the SAAF aircraft in flames to HE Ms Ambassador will stay in our memory forever.

The whole event was organised by non-governmental, non-municipal organisation - Niebo bez granic and Filip Idzikowski.

We express our gratitude that we may feel the part of this impressive project that brings back memory of the brave airmen who risked their lives for our freedom in 1944.
Glory to the Heroes!

#ThereWasACity

77 ROCZNICA KATASTROFY LIBERATORA KG-939A SAAF
"REMEMBER THEM"
Pani Nomvula Mngomezulu, Ambasador Republiki Południowej Afryki

Zrobiliśmy to co było naszym obowiązkiem - spłaciliśmy dług honorowy wobec lotników aby słowa "Pamiętamy Polacy" na tablicy miały konkretne znaczenie i sens.

Zgodnie z danym 15 sierpnia, rok temu słowem, 77 lat po katastrofie bombowca Liberator SAAF niosącemu pomoc Powstańcom Warszawskim, przywróciliśmy społecznie "stalowym bohaterom" stalową tablicę na Pomniku Lotników Alianckich na Górze Lotników w Michalinie/Warszawie.

W obecności jej ekscelencji Pani Ambasador RPA oddaliśmy 20-letnim bohaterom uroczysty hołd, upamiętniając ale i ciesząc się razem, że tacy wspaniali ludzie jak Robert George HAMILTON, Leslie MAYES i Herbert HUDSON żyli.

Na dowód naszej przyjaźni i pamięci, świadek katastrofy, który odnalazł pilota Liberatora na wzgórzu 15 sierpnia 1944r., przekazał rodzinie pilota na ręce Pani Ambasador "łzę lotnika" - stopiony fragment Liberatora KG-939A SAAF znaleziony tuż po katastrofie. Tak symbolicznie pilot Liberatora powróci do swojej Ojczyzny na dalekim kontynencie.

Nasza misja nie kończy się jednak ale zaczyna. Zbudowaliśmy dopiero społeczny ale i międzynarodowy fundament pod wiele pięknych spraw w przyszłości.

Ich zwieńczeniem będzie budowa widokowej Wieży Lotników w miejscu uderzenia Liberatora "Abel".

Zbudujemy tak dzięki tym pilotom najpiękniejszą panoramę Warszawy na Mazowszu z widokiem rosnącej Stolicy Polski, za którym tak wszyscy tu od lat tęsknimy.

WE REMEMBER.
Pamiętajmy. Polacy!
Do zobaczenia na Górze Lotników!

Filip IDZIKOWSKI
KS LIBERATOR
NIEBO BEZ GRANIC

PODZIĘKOWANIA:
Jej ekscelencja Pani Nomvula Mngomezulu, Ambasador Republiki Południowej Afryki.
Pani Anna Czapiewska - Brabander, Prezes Stowarzyszenia ‘Polska – Afryka Południowa.
Bogusław Więckiewicz - świadek katastrofy wraz z córką Aliną, za której serce bardzo dziękujemy.
Wojciech Krajewski - kustosz Muzeum Wojska Polskiego za bardzo dużo wielkich rzeczy, które od samego początku dla nas robi.
Aleksandra Duda - przewodniczka i tłumacz Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego za jej niesamowitą pracę i pasję dla Powstańców i lotników Liberatora.
Dominik Kościelny Muzeum Spraw Wojskowych ze Swoszowic - za nieustanną opiekę nad historią SAAF i mądre rady.
Piloci Marcin Szaliłow i Maciek Nojszewski z Akademickiego Stowarzyszenia Lotniczego za honorowy przelot samolotu nad Górą Lotników.
Płk pil. Kazimierz Pogorzelski ze Stowarzyszenia Lotników Polskich za stalowy mundur oficera Sił Powietrznych i obecność od początku.
Ochotnicza Straż Pożarna Józefów za najwyżej wywieszoną i najpiękniejszą piękną flagę, pięknie odegranie "Śpij Kolego" na trąbce i wsparcie druhów na dobre i na złe:)
ZHP Wawer za pomoc harcerzy w najważniejszym momencie - bez Was to by się nie udało druhny i druhowie!
Skautkom Europy za piękne wsparcie w najpiękniejszych momentach uroczystości:)
ZHP Józefów za obecność na uroczystości i wartę honorową.
Stow. Razem dla Wawra za wielką pomoc w każdej chwili.
MC ZRYW za huk ich "czarnych bombowców" i imponującą demonstrację jak zawsze!
Polish Wings za pamięć i asystę pocztu sztandarowego Polskich Sił Powietrznych Wielkie Dzięki lotnicy!
Remigiusz Gadacz za wspaniały historyczny polski mundur lotniczy na uroczystości.
Barbara Wielowiejskiej - za szacunek i wsparcie dla inicjatyw społecznych
Firmie KOSS REMO za rewelacyjnie wykonaną tablicę pomnikową.
Łukasz Nowak - Reklama Luno za przygotowanie plakatów i super obsługę graficzną
Tomkowi z Innej Perspektywy za zdjęcia lotnicze!
Jerzemu Ołpińskiemu, Elizie Siwkowskiej i Piotrkowi Kani za bardzo konkretne sprawy i Darkowi za nocne przygotowanie pomnika do montażu tablicy

Tym, którym wsparli naszą akcje finansowo na zrzutka.pl/liberator (już wkrótce specjalne podziękowanie dla 42 osób) no i obiecane naszywki:)

Specjalne podziękowanie dla Pana Sławomira Mocha z firmy EXITUS z Otwocka za wielką wrażliwość i wyjątkową pamięć o bohaterach wyrażoną pięknymi wieńcami kwiatów z flagami narodowymi RPA Wielkiej Brytanii i Sił Powietrznych RP.

You DID it! Jury had to choose from 1⃣4⃣0⃣0⃣ photos sent from all over the 🌏➡️ our competition "Remembrance Caught on Ca...
16/08/2021

You DID it! Jury had to choose from 1⃣4⃣0⃣0⃣ photos sent from all over the 🌏➡️ our competition "Remembrance Caught on Camera"/ Pamięć "W" Kadrze. Congratulations to the Winners!👏💪

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The Warsaw Flights Commemoration Organising Committee Dear All, Hope you are well. Herewith the final details for the Warsaw Flights Commemoration Service on Saturday 4 September commencing at 11:00am. The service will be held at the St Joseph the Worker Polish Catholic Church with a very limited number of invited guests, and will be live-streamed by Ant Farm. The link is the same as last year and is as follows:- https://www.facebook.com/WarsawFlightsCommemoration2020 If you have any queries, please call Jean on 072 440 0130. We hope you will be able to tune in online and will enjoy the service. We plan to have a normal service at the Katyn monument next year, all going well. Best regards, Martin Urry Chairman The Warsaw Flights Committee
Any reference to any Grabianowski here?? Maybe Stanley or Kasmirez??
In 2008 I had the privilege of touring through eastern Europe and visited Krakow and Warsaw. One of the "must see"s was your museum and I was not disappointed! Having a large interest in the SAAF during WW2 I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and was much impressed with the interactive displays. It was full of of visitors - from very young to very elderly, testimony to a superb museum. May you go from strength to strength!
Prywatne kontakty z uczestnikami Powstania Warszawskiego, z którymi spotykaliśmy się w Ottawie przy różnych okazjach działały na nas bardzo inspirująco. Poznając historię Ewy Ponińskiej-Konopackiej oraz Ireny Szpak skojarzyliśmy, że obie panie po Powstaniu zostały skierowane do niemieckiego obozu Oberlangen, mieszczącego się niedaleko granicy z Holandią. Historia ta zainspirowała nas do zrobienia krótkich filmów o naszych bohaterach. Miasto Maczków : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81-VG_fxi24&t=32s Bohaterowie z Ottawy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXHmN-ltJds Cieszymy się, że Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego zachowuje pamięć o bohaterach z których jesteśmy dumni. Z wyrazami szacunku, Elżbieta i Bogdan Gajewscy
I have been there 2 years ago. I also am in contact with one of the guides that speak English. We have exchanged some information between us during the last 2 years. I would definitely recommend all who visit Poland to visit this museum. I also have made a video of my visit to the museum and it is on my youtube channel.
Do we know what individual was the first to give their life in the fight for Poland’s freedom via the Battle of Warsaw (1944)?