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The quality of this one's not great, but I took this with my pocket camera when I was on a school trip in 1993; this is the Warsaw Uprising Memorial, located at Krasinski Square, a site which experienced fierce fighting during the uprising. This was taken before the Uprising Museum was built, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the event (Aug 1, 2004), so it looks somewhat different now. The two groups of figures depict soldiers, and the one pictured, entitled "insurgents," which illustrates soldiers escaping through a sewer. This memorial commemorates the most ambitious attempt by the populus of the city to defeat German forces after the invasion of Poland. It occurred in 1944: in a combined effort, nearly 40,000 soldiers and civilians mobilized for 63 days to expel the Germans and regain control over the city. It is estimated that more than 9,000 children and teenagers also played some role in the uprising. Sadly, the attempt failed and almost half of the participants and 100,000 civilians were executed. Subsequently, Hitler ordered the city to be leveled, and more than 80 percent was finally destroyed by the end of the war. Six million Polish citizens, about half of whom were Jewish, died during WWII.

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