Tonight I want You to sit and relax.
Let your mind open the door of imagination and follow with the text.
It is a very hot summer.
Last days of July.
Your city wakes up to life.
Sun is shining. There is not even one cloud on the sky. Birds fly from tree to tree cherishing the morning. You wash your face, take a sandwich and go to work.
Half of your friends were murdered. Some are isolated with other 450 000 people in 10 or 15 crowded houses full of dead bodies, dirt, hunger and everyday murders just because of their religion.
There is no electricity, no phones, no internet.
Your dad was sent to the other country far away from here to work there for free, as a cheap labor force, and your younger sister was raped and shot. You have lived so long in this conditions that it became your “normality”.
Your city is full of foreign troops and even though You want to help those people who are weaker then You, you just can’t because You know that if any soldier will catch You helping them – You are dead. And this is the worse feeling. You want help so much, tears are coming into your eyes, but You just can’t !
But there comes a day when You feel that this is enough, and You don’t fear any death any more. You are filled with anger and hatred ! You want to start the fight and there is other 50 000 of people in your city who feel just the same.
That was Warsaw in 1944. City full of death, tears, tortures, pain, and all the worst things You could ever imagine.
Poles, tired of Nazi terror, began the fight.
THE WARSAW UPRISING. The 1st of August 1944.
This Uprising reminds me a lot about Siege of Kobane which started on 13 September 2014. Just after 3 weeks the ISIS captured 350 Kurdish villages and tows without the vicinity of Kobani. Over 300 000 of Kurds had to flee.
At the end of January 2015, YPG, FSA and PESHMERGA, with help of US airstrikes, helped to retake the city by defenders. Still some of villages remained under control of ISIS. On 9 February 2015, ISIS withdrew some of its fighters in the Aleppo to reinforce front lines with the Kurds.
The Warsaw Uprising was not as victory as taking back the Kobane by Kurds. Actually we have lost but in our hearts it was the biggest, the most brave and heroic military action held by Polish Home Army – which was today’s Peshmerga.
In my heart they are our heroes because even they did not have huge chances to win, they did not let the invader to walk peacefully on their land.
During the first 3 days of fights, almost the whole Warsaw was freed and rebels hoped for a fast help of USSR. Poles planned that the Uprising will not last longer then 1 week but actually it lasted for 63 days. Stalin knew that Poles are waiting for a helping hand but he let the Germans to wipe out the Uprising, to kill everybody and to destroy the whole city.
Now, every single year, where ever You are in Poland, on the 1st of August at 17 o’clock You can hear the bells in every church and sirens which howl very loudly and every single city stops for a 1 minute to honor the memory of all the 20 000 of dead soldiers and 200 000 civilians.
Each time I hear it, I cry, every single year…