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Berlin. An important gesture towards Poland. It concerns the Warsaw insurgents

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Mural commemorating Warsaw Uprising is part of the project “Beyond Walls – Bridging Histories”. It is over five meters high and about 14.5 meters wide. It was jointly designed and implemented in the Berlin district of Treptow-Koepenick by Polish and German youth under the direction of artists Maria Michoń and Dariusz Paczkowski.

– As the German-Polish Society, we decided to establish a partnership between the cities of Berlin and Warsaw, make a project with the participation of young people from Mokotów and Treptow-Koepenick – said its chairwoman Anita Baranowska-Koch. – We are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the uprising, and to this day there is no sign in Berlin commemorating the Warsaw Uprising – she added.

Berlin. They commemorated the Warsaw insurgents

– Warsaw Uprising in the German and Berlin realities it is unknown. It is often confused with the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, there is no historical awareness here. That is why we set ourselves the task of telling about it To the Germans. We remember the past for the future, this is our message today – explained the chairwoman of the Society.

– The main element of this work of art is insurgent armbands. Each armband is the story of a specific person. From inside the letters, the eyes of the insurgents look at us and confront us with their feelings – explain its creators.

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They emphasize in the description of their work placed on the mural that “in the Warsaw Uprising from August to October 1944, the Polish resistance movement opposed the German occupiers. The brutal suppression of the uprising claimed countless victims among the combatants and the civilian population.”

Warsaw Uprising. Symbolic Mural in Berlin

The Polish Ambassador to Berlin, Dariusz Pawłoś, who took part in the presentation, emphasized that it was Polish and German youth who accomplished this feat. – This is a joint project carried out under the auspices of the German-Polish Society in Berlin, it was created on the wall of the German Office for Children and Youth Affairs – added the ambassador.

The mayor of the Treptow-Koepenick district, Oliver Igel, said during the ceremony that the mural is an important symbol Polish-German history and reconciliation. It reminds us of the courage of the insurgents who died for freedom in the fight against the German occupier.

The event is part of the celebrations 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising in Berlin, emphasized Ambassador Dariusz Pawłoś. On July 11, we have the opening of the exhibition about the Warsaw Uprising “On Both Sides of the Barricade”, while on July 14, together with Berlin Polish sports clubs, we are organizing the Run of Remembrance of the Heroes of the Warsaw Uprising, organized by the Polish Embassy and the Defense Attaché. An important partner in the celebrations is also the Polish Institute in Berlin, informed the ambassador.

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