Every year, on the 1st of August, Warsaw commemorates the Warsaw Uprising outbreak. The 63days long fights against the Nazi occupation remains one of most signifcant elements of Polish social memory. Dr. Pawel Ukielski writes about the Warsaw Rising Museum as a place of remembrance.
Warsaw Uprising in the Poles' Consciousness. Warsaw Rising Museum as a Place of Remembrance.
The Warsaw Uprising is one of the events key to understanding the history of Warsaw, Poland, Central Europe and World War II. Firstly it shows the identity of a city wiped off the face of the Earth, secondly it explains the enslavement of Poland and Central Europe after the war and thirdly it is the last example of real German-Soviet cooperation in the desire to destroy the Polish capital. The Uprising shows that the war was not a simple fight of good against evil (as it often perceived in Western Europe) but that in fact three sides, each with different goals, were involved – two totalitarian systems and the world of Western democracies. During the war the alliances changed – the West allied itself with one of the totalitarianisms to beat the other while Central Europe paid the price of the alliance.