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Polish Radio joins effort to honour heroes of 1944 Warsaw Uprising

31.07.2020 16:45
Public broadcaster Polish Radio has joined an annual effort to honour the fighters of Warsaw’s heroic 1944 uprising against Nazi Germany and to tell their story to younger generations.
Polish Radio CEO Agnieszka Kamińska speaks at the launch of this years BohaterOn  campaign in Warsaw on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
Polish Radio CEO Agnieszka Kamińska speaks at the launch of this year's BohaterOn campaign in Warsaw on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

The #BohaterOn campaign aims to commemorate the heroes of the Polish capital’s bloody World War II revolt, which started nearly 76 years ago, and to educate the public on the event.

The effort, now in its fifth year, also aims to help surviving insurgents, most of whom are now well into their 80s and 90s, by raising funds for their everyday needs.

As every year, Polish Radio is part of the campaign, whose 2020 edition was launched this week and which encourages the public to send thank-you messages and donations to veterans, among other initiatives.

"For nearly 100 years, Polish Radio’s mission has been to spread and strengthen our common values and to pass on traditions through the airwaves," said CEO Agnieszka Kamińska.

Saturday will mark exactly 76 years since the Warsaw Uprising broke out on August 1, 1944.

The bloody insurgency lasted 63 days before it was put down by better equipped and more numerous German forces.

The heroic act of resistance left the city razed to the ground and resulted in the death of some 18,000 Polish fighters and 200,000 civilians.

Polish lawmakers last year passed a special resolution in which they said that the Warsaw Uprising was “one of the most heroic and tragic Polish battles of World War II" and the largest military operation by any underground resistance movement in German-occupied Europe.

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Source: Polish Radio