Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. There’s a museum about the uprising in Warsaw. We visited a few years ago, and I can highly recommend it. They have signage in English and many interviews with survivors on video that have English subtitles. A foreigner can really get the story, but you’ll want to have several tissues with you. The story is so moving, I left more than a little misty eyed.
One of the most impressive things to me was the role played by he Boy and Girl Scouts in the uprising . Scouting is coed in a Poland.
The Scouts ran the underground post office. Canceling the mail with potato prints. Do you remember doing that as a scouting craft? My Brownie troop made neckerchiefs. They were using it to do a job. They delivered the mail walking through the sewer system, providing communication for the resistance movement. One young girl was working to hide and save art masterpieces. She didn’t survive.
I remember my grandmother saying that she didn’t want her children in scouting because it was too much like the military. I thought she didn’t understand, come to find out, it was me who didn’t understand.
Today in Poznan, about 300 people gathered to commentate the day, many military and public officials, scouts in uniform. At 5:00 PM, the air raid siren sounded for one minute. There were speeches. The Polish flag was raised on a special red and white striped flag pole as the national anthem played.
More speeches and eventually a 21 gun salute, and lots of flowers. It was a good day for florists. So many big bouquets and single flowers with red and white ribbons.
Posted from my bar stool at The Dubliner, just a block from the ceremony site; I feel like a reporter with a deadline.:-)