Ryszard Fiks, a participant in the Warsaw Uprising, has passed away. He raised the white and red flag after the insurgents captured the PAST building. The man died in the United States at the age of 96. His funeral will take place in Poland.
About the death of Ryszard Fiks, ps. “Lwowiak” and “Ryś”, the Polish consulate in Chicago informed on Tuesday. – We have few such witnesses to history left. Veterans are leaving and they deserve respect. It was a great honor for me to meet Mr. Ryszard Fiks and hear his stories from World War II, especially since he was also very active in supplying the Polish Underground army with weapons. His courage is admirable, said Consul Piotr Semeniuk.
He added that he saw Ryszard Fiks for the last time on April 30 during a meeting of veterans at the Polish Museum in Chicago at the opening of an exhibition devoted to the Home Army with the participation of the defense attaché at the Polish Embassy in Washington, General Cezary Wiśniewski.
The participant in the Warsaw Uprising died on July 8 in Schiller Park in the Chicago metropolis. His funeral will take place in Poland.
Fiks participated in the action of getting PAST
Ryszard Fiks was born in Warsaw in December 1924. He was active in the anti-Nazi underground since 1942. He was a soldier of the Home Army. During the Warsaw Uprising, he fought in the fourth “Gurt” grouping in the Śródmieście area, where he grew up before the war.
He took part in the capture of the building of the Polska Akcyjna Spółka Telefoniczna (PAST) manned by German snipers. He then hung a white and red flag there as a symbol of victory.
This is how he recalled this moment in an interview for the Oral History Archive run by the Warsaw Uprising Museum: “I took this banner, I was looking for a piece of iron, a hammer to nail it, but these windows in Pasta on Zielna Street were all metal and the frames were also And when we put up this banner, a piece, it was difficult to nail it, but there was a gap somewhere between the marbles. y “.
After the capitulation of the Warsaw Uprising, he was taken prisoner by the Germans and a prisoner of war in Stalag 344 (318) Lamsdorf and Stalag VII B Memmingen. After the war, he emigrated to the United States.
Main photo source: Archive of Oral History MPW / Eugeniusz Lokajski “Brok” / PD-Poland