On the 77th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, the flags of the German representations in Poland were lowered to the middle of their masts as a sign of deep pain and shame, wrote the German ambassador to Poland, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven. The day before, the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and the candidate for German Chancellor Armin Laschet, who was present in Warsaw, attended the Holy Mass. on Krasiński Square. Together with the German ambassador, he also laid wreaths at the Monument to the Warsaw Uprising.
“Today, the flags of the German representations in Poland are lowered half-masts as a sign of deep pain and shame because of the cruel crimes of the German occupier in the fight against the people of Warsaw during the Warsaw Uprising,” wrote the German ambassador to Poland Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven on Sunday. “Together with the prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, we commemorated the victims in Warsaw,” added the ambassador.
Armin Laschet with a visit from Warsaw
On Saturday, the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, together with the German ambassador, laid wreaths at the Monument to the Warsaw Uprising on Krasiński Square in Warsaw. Laschet also attended the holy mass there. The liturgy, presided over by the Bialystok Ordinary and the Apostolic Administrator of the Field Ordinariate, Archbishop Józef Guzdek, was also attended by, among others President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski, Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak and PiS President Jarosław Kaczyński.
On Saturday, the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia also thanked the State Fire Service for its support during the flood disaster in Germany. Masovian and Greater Poland firefighters they delivered aid to the town of Kreuzau in North Rhine-Westphalia Germans affected by the flood. They brought 164 devices for draining objects flooded by water.
77th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising
Warsaw Uprising was the largest underground military operation in German-occupied Europe. On August 1, 1944, 40-50 thousand insurgents joined the fight in the capital. Planned for several days, it lasted over two months. About 18,000 insurgents died during the fighting in Warsaw and 25,000 were wounded. Losses among the civilians were enormous, amounting to approximately 180,000 killed. The remaining inhabitants of Warsaw, about 500,000, were expelled from the city, which after the uprising was almost completely burned down and destroyed.
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