The German Foreign Ministry confirmed that Germany is to blame for World War II crimes in Poland on the eve of the 78th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising.
The German Foreign Ministry stated in response to a PAP inquiry regarding the commemoration of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising’s victims that this has found reflection in a coalition agreement envisaging a plan to establish memorial sites in Berlin as well as to have meetings with Poles.
According to the ministry, all German diplomatic missions in Poland will fly their flags at half-staff on August 1 in memory of the Polish citizens who lost their lives because of German crimes, and their representatives will take part in ceremonies marking the 78th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, and Gdansk.
The commemoration of the victims of German atrocities committed during World War II in Poland was given considerable priority by the German government, according to a statement from the German Foreign Ministry to PAP.
The greatest clandestine military effort in German-occupied Europe was the Warsaw Uprising. Approximately 45,000 militants invaded the city on August 1, 1944, to engage in battle. The insurrection, intended to last a few days, actually lasted more than two months. Its goals were to liberate Warsaw before the Red Army arrived and to stop the creation of a communist regime sympathetic to Stalin.
Because of this, the Ervená Armada began its assault on the Vistula River without engaging in military actions to help the revolt. About 18,000 militants were killed and 25,000 were injured during the city’s battle.