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11 September 2015
On the occasion of the 71st Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a concert was held at the Embassy featuring songs from the Uprising. Gathered guests had the opportunity to listen to songs which were written during the time of the Uprising. These songs varied greatly in style and theme, some were full of optimism and belief in victory, call to arms; others nostalgic, full of concern for the Uprising’s outcome; others yet were sad, filled with the dramatic scenes of the Uprising. The evening was opened by Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf, who emphasized how important a role the Warsaw Uprising plays in the memory of the Polish people. Uprising songs have also become a part of this memory, conveying people’s emotions.
Before the start of the concert, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland decorated Warsaw Uprising Veteran Julian Kulski with a commemorative medal. After the ceremony Kulski, who fought in the Uprising as a 15 year old boy, recounted his uprising experience, including how he began fighting in Zoliborze a few hours prior to the official start of the Uprising when a German patrol confronted him and his friends who were transporting weapons. A firefight ensued and so began the first day of the Uprising for him.
Ambassador Schnepf also presented warm wishes and a beautiful bouquet of red and white roses to Kaja Mirecka-Ploss, a writer and renowned member of the Polish-American community, on account of her birthday.
The concert of Uprising songs, performed by Jerzy Sapieyewski, Waldemar Izdebski and Wiesław Małachowski, greatly moved the audience. It is impossible to listen to Uprising music without emotion, a tear always gathers, for those who died fighting for a free Poland, for those who had the courage to go to their death, for those who survived, but could not return to a free homeland. It is they, Veterans of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, who gave an authentic, still living example, for future generations of Poland and the entire world, of what patriotism and sacrifice for one’s country truly means.SEE MORE