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Mike's Adventure to Poland - 2002

Part 7: Miscellaneous Warsaw War Memorials

Warsaw was home to many tragedies during World War II.  So that the tragedies aren't forgotten, there are memorials everywhere to remember them all.

Monument to Little Insurgents
Children played an important role in the Polish resistance as couriers, graffiti artists, and even as soldiers.  This statue commemorates them by portraying a young boy who died at this site in the Old Town.

Monument to the Resistance
Here is the symbol of the Polish resistance during World War II.  It is outside one of their strongholds, in which the resistance was heavily bombed during the uprising.

Bank of Russia Building, HQ of the Polish Resistance
Prior to World War II, this was the home of the Bank of Russia.  During World War II, this was one of the headquarters of the resistance.  During the uprising, German bombers bombed the building out from above.

Details of the Bank of Russia Building Ruins
Some details of the war ruins.

Warsaw Uprising Monuments
The Warsaw Uprising Monument.  Because the Soviets stood by as the resistance was decimated by the Nazis, the Communist government would not permit the building of this monument until 1989, when the Communists were no longer in power.

Polish Army Cathedral
The Polish Army Cathedral.  It is across the street from the Warsaw Uprising monument.  The Cathedral has a monument to Katyn, where over 20,000 Poles - including 5,000 senior Polish officers - were executed by Stalinist forces during the Soviet occupation.  There is a crucifix that hangs over a mosaic of silver strips, but you have to look closely to see that the thousands of silver strips all say "Name Unknown" on them...

War Memorial
War Memorial.  The inscriptions were all in Polish, but I think it is a Soviet war memorial.

Monument to the Battle of Monte Cassino
Monument to the Battle of Monte Cassino, in which the Free Polish Army played a major role in that victory.

Tomb of Unknowns
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Built in 1925, it was used to commemorate the unknown soldiers from World War I.  It was housed in the Saxon Palace, which had large columns like the Lincoln Memorial.

Tomb of Unknowns
As you can see, the Saxon Palace, like so much of Warsaw, did not survive World War II.

Monument of Nazi Atrocities
All over town there are monuments to Nazi atrocities, mostly for execution sites.  There are several hundred of these markers.  Note that the markers hold Hitler, not Germany, responsible for the atrocities.

Bullet Marks on Eagles Building
A building with patches where it was shot up.  This is on the "Eagles" building, which the Nazis tried to destroy but couldn't, so they just shot it up and stole all the copper off of it.

Nike Statue to Victory in WW2
The Nike Statue.  Not a tribute to shoes, but rather a tribute to victory over the Nazis in World War II.

Continue on to Part 8: Auschwitz