On Thursday, 25 September, Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz delivered a presentation at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Polish insurrection against the Nazi Germans in Warsaw, during which the Polish underground fought the Germans for a total of sixty-three days (1 August – 3 October 1944). Entitled “Warsaw ’44: A Legacy of Sacrifice,” the event was part of the Blanka Rosenstiel Lecture Series on Poland.
The pictures from Dr. Chodakiewicz’s lecture may be viewed here.
Marek Chodakiewicz’s new book entitled Trasnformacja czy niepodległość? was released at an event in Warsaw, Poland on June 12. A video of the event can be found below.
The book, which assesses the past quarter-century of post-communism in Poland, can be purchased online here.
On 17 January 1945, the Red Army captured Warsaw after pushing out the Germans. One occupying power replaced another throughout war-torn Poland.
The Soviets were not “liberators.” Only several months before entering Warsaw, they stood by on the other side of the Vistula River, watching as the German Nazis–their erstwhile allies in the partition of Poland in September 1939–crushed the Warsaw Uprising in August – October 1944. Quite simply, the Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, exploited the opportunity to slaughter much of the Polish patriotic underground, which was both anti-Nazi and anti-Communist, with German hands.
Thus, while the end of the German occupation spelled freedom in Western Europe, it was only a swap of totalitarian occupations in Central and Eastern Europe.
Research Assistant, The Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies