The Warsaw Uprising began August 1, 1944

Warsaw Uprising Monument

Warsaw Uprising Monument. Photo credit www.thevisitor.pl

The Warsaw Uprising began August 1, 1944 as a heroic, catastrophic last stand against the Germans, and ended 63 days later with the death of more than 200,000 Poles, the majority civilians. After nearly five years of German occupation, the Russians were advancing from the east, sending German troops into retreat. The Germans had begun evacuating Warsaw. In July 20, a failed assassination attempt on Hitler revealed a huge coalition of top German officials complicit in their perceived need to murder Hitler. And, Soviet aircraft even dropped leaflets in Warsaw exhorting people to rise up in armed action. On the surface, it sounded like a good time to revolt. History played out differently.

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Early Praise for Henry – A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America

I wanted to share the first endorsement and early praise for Henry. The book publication date is set for November 1, 2017, and is now available for pre-order on  Amazon.

Katrina Shawver, a well respected journalist and public speaker has used her interviewing skills to write a solid biography on Auschwitz-Buchenwald-Death March-Dachau and Communist Poland survivor Henry Zguda. She weaves his memories with historical research to tell an important story of courage and tenacity. It is presented so that everyone will learn, and will not want to lay the book down.  Additionally, there are numerous photos that greatly enhance the story, helping readers visualize the people and horrors as well as the beautiful times of Zguda’s life.  We know that we should never forget the Holocaust, and Shawver is ensuring that we won’t.
                John Liffiton Professor and Director Genocide Conferences,
Scottsdale Community College

A 1926 Polish Birthday Card to the United States – Now Online

Polish and American Flags

Polish and American Flags. Photo by author.

In 1926 a grateful Polish nation sent a very special birthday card to the United States in honor of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Five and a half million Poles, or nearly one-sixth of the population of the country, signed the declaration. Signers included government officials, leaders of many prominent institutions, and millions of school children. Even better, the (U.S.) Library of Congress has digitized the entire collection, 111 volumes containing 33,000 pages, and is now available publicly online. The information is just too cool not to share in time for the July 4th American Independence Day. Thank you to my friend Sue for sharing this with me! Click here for more details.