Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of the City of Warsaw
Ladies and gentlemen,
The Warsaw Uprising was one of the most important events in the history of the capital and the whole country. 75 years ago, on August 1, 1944, thousands of young Varsovians – woman and man, moved to fight for their city. They faced better armed German soldiers. They were to fight only a dozen or so days, they fought 63.
The Warsaw Uprising is considered the largest armed action of the resistance movement in the German-occupied Europe. At the same time, it is a symbol of the polish will to fight for freedom as well as of national resistance against Nazi crimes.
For years, discussions have been taking place on the balance sheet of the Uprising. It is impossible to forget about the hecatomb of the civilian population, thousands of people killed and wounded, about the destruction of left-bank Warsaw. On the other hand, we can look at the Warsaw Uprising as an act that forms the identity of Poles. It is difficult to imagine today's independent Poland without a legend of the Uprising, Home Army and Underground State. It is that legend that sustained the national spirit in the grim times of communism.
Regardless of the assessment of the Uprising, all of us share the respect for the heroism of its participants. They believed that they were also going to die so that we could live free and safe. We are obliged to remember their sacrifice and pass this memory on to future generations. Today, we want to honour them with dignity.
I encourage all residents and guests to read the booklet and to take part in the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.
Mayor of the City of Warsaw