WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a resolution honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The Warsaw Uprising was a heroic action by the Polish underground resistance, led by the Home Army, to liberate Warsaw from German Nazi occupation. 75 years ago, after five years of German Nazi occupation, the Warsaw Uprising began on August 1, 1944 and reached a tragic conclusion after 63 days of bitter and sometimes hand-to-hand combat on October 2, 1944. For two months, the Polish resistance fought bravely against the occupying German Nazi force with little outside support and using rudimentary, often hand-made weapons, before they were ultimately defeated by the overwhelming enemy forces. Following their surrender, the German Nazi occupiers ordered that Warsaw be destroyed, leveling roughly 80 percent of the city. The Poles who remained endured continued suffering and many were sent on to prison camps.
“This important resolution honors the memory of the thousands of Poles who bravely stood up and fought against the German Nazi occupation of Warsaw,” said Portman. “As we mark 75 years since the Polish Home Army, the young and brave Polish Resistance, took up mostly homemade arms against insurmountable odds, this resolution serves as an even more important reminder of the horrible atrocities inflicted upon the people of Warsaw and the perseverance of a people whose spirit cannot be broken.”
“As we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, we honor the Polish forces who heroically fought back against Nazi German occupation. We also honor those who lost their lives, bravely fighting for humanity against insurmountable odds,” said Brown.