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    Polish President Andrzej Duda Commemorates the Warsaw Uprising: A Guiding Lesson in Safeguarding Poland’s Independence and Freedom

    Polish President Andrzej Duda emphasized the significance of the Warsaw Uprising as a crucial historical event and a guiding lesson on safeguarding the homeland. On the 79th anniversary of the uprising outbreak, Duda highlighted its importance in shaping a strong and resilient Poland.

    Speaking at the Warsaw Uprising Monument in Krasińskich Square, President Duda remarked, “The Warsaw Uprising stands as an extraordinary armed operation, unparalleled during World War Two. Today, in a sovereign and independent Poland, it serves as a lesson in taking care of our homeland, ensuring its lasting survival.” He emphasized the insurgents’ desire to build a robust Poland, one that doesn’t need to defend itself because of its strength, deterring any potential aggressors.

    For President Duda, the primary task today lies in drawing valuable conclusions from the sacrifices made during the uprising to ensure such tragic events never recur. He highlighted the importance of building a secure Poland while cherishing the values the insurgents fought for – freedom, sovereignty, and an independent nation, restoring Poland to the world map.

    The Warsaw Uprising: A Historic Milestone of Courage, Sacrifice, and Resilience

    Historically, the Warsaw Uprising remains a significant milestone as the largest underground military operation in German-occupied Europe. Initiated on August 1, 1944, the uprising saw the participation of around 40,000-50,000 insurgents, exceeding its initial timeline and lasting over two months.

    Tragically, during the fighting, approximately 18,000 insurgents lost their lives, 25,000 were wounded, and the civilian population suffered immense losses, with around 180,000 casualties. After the uprising was suppressed, nearly 500,000 surviving residents had to evacuate, leaving Warsaw almost completely devastated.

    The lessons learned from the Warsaw Uprising serve as a poignant reminder of the importance of safeguarding and cherishing Poland’s independence and freedom, ensuring that the sacrifices made during this historical event will never be in vain.

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