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Warsaw remembers Wola massacre victims

PR dla Zagranicy
Jo Harper 05.08.2015 19:26
Warsaw's western district of Wola commemorates the bloody Nazi massacres of 1944 during the first days of the Warsaw Rising.
Photo: Still from 'Warsaw Rising'Photo: Still from 'Warsaw Rising'

The 71st anniversary of the massacre sees the SGH "Zgrupowanie Radosław" and Association of Pancer Transport Lovers reconstruct "Wola 44."

At 18.45 local time they met at 60 Młynarska street where the resistance to the massacre began.

The Wola massacre was a systematic killing of between 40,000–50,000 people in the Wola district by Nazi troops during the early phase of the Warsaw Rising, which atartred on 1 August.

Between 5 and 12 August 1944 tens of thousands of Polish civilians along with captured Home Army resistance fighters were systematically murdered by the Nazis in organised mass executions.

It is estimated that up to 10,000 civilians were killed in the Wola district on 5 August alone, the first day of the operation. Most of the victims were the elderly, women and children. The majority of these atrocities were committed by troops under the command of SS-Oberführer Oskar Dirlewanger and SS-Brigadeführer Bronislav Kaminski. (jh/rk)

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