Warsaw commemorates1944 massacre of civilians by German troops
PR dla Zagranicy
Citizens of Warsaw on Saturday commemorated the 1944 massacre of Polish civilians by German Nazi troops in Warsaw’s Wola district.
Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell
The commemorations started at 6 pm, with an official ceremony next to the Monument to the Victims of the Wola Massacre. Afterwards, citizens walked through the streets of Wola towards the Warsaw Insurgents Cemetery, to commemorate the civilian victims of the Warsaw Uprising.
Some 40,000 to 50,000 people in the western Warsaw district of Wola were killed by German Nazi troops during the early phase of the Warsaw Uprising, an insurgency launched by Poles against the capital’s German occupiers in World War II.
Between 5 and 12 August 1944, tens of thousands of Polish civilians along with captured Home Army resistance fighters were systematically murdered in organised mass executions.
It is estimated that up to 10,000 civilians were killed in the Wola district on 5 August alone, the first day of the operation.
Most of the victims were the elderly, women and children. (mol/pk)