Warsaw Rising Museum

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December, 2017

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This museum, located in a former power station, provides a detailed multimedia record of the Warsaw uprising against Nazi occupation in 1944. It took us three hours to take it all in.

Presentation is excellent. It concentrates on the uprising itself and deals with the horrors of occupation in an unemotional matter of fact manner. Throughout we found the exhibits not only educational and moving simply because they were not over stated. Due to the combined efforts of the Germans and calculated indifference of the Russians, the uprising failed and much of Warsaw was razed to the ground.

The aftermath of the uprising is also dealt with. The Allied air drops are highlighted by a replica of a Liberator B-24J bomber. Stalin’s puppet government, lack of help for the uprising, and the fate of the Polish resistance in post-war communist Poland are also dealt with.

For us the most emotive exhibit was a cinema in which a film reconstructed from newsreels is shown. The climax illustrates the Polish spirit with stirring Chopin piano music.

Paul Ambler

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