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  • 19 July 2019

    The 63-days-long heroic fight against the overwhelming power of the German army occupying Poland's capital ended tragically for Poles. With hundreds of thousands of residents killed and destroyed in 80 percent by the invaders, Warsaw became the city of ruins. Please join us to commemorate those who died and the survivors 75 years after the Warsaw Uprising.

    The Warsaw Uprising was organised by the Polish Home Army during World War II against the German troops that had occupied the capital of Poland from 1939. It broke out on 1 August, and in spite of very poor weaponry of insurgents lasted 63 days, until 3 October 1944. In the Communist era (1945–1989), its participants were repressed by the authorities of the Polish People's Republic. After 1989, insurgents, especially in Warsaw, have been considered heroic defenders of the city.


    On 1 August 2019, at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington we will commemorate those heroes. The Polish Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski will talk about the Uprising's relevance and legitimacy today. While Prof. Roberto Rabel will deliver a personal reminiscence of his late father, Jerzy Rabel, one of Warsaw defenders, who after the Uprising moved to New Zealand and for his efforts received the War Order of Virtuti Militari  - Poland's highest military decoration. A short video will be played followed by refreshments. 


    Thursday, 1 August 2019, 2 pm at the Thorndon Room, National Library in Wellington 


    Please RSVP to by 26 July



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