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Warsaw, rise!

Do you remember when, when the Nazis forced their rule on Poland
1939 and the allies turned away
From the underground rose a hope of freedom as a whisper
City in despair, but they never lost their faith

Women, men, and children fight, they were dying side by side
And the blood they shed upon the streets was a sacrifice willingly paid

Warsaw, city at war
Voices from underground whispers of freedom
1944 help that never came, calling
Warsaw, city at war
Voices from underground, whispers of freedom
Rise up and hear the call, history calling to you
Warszawo, walcz!

Spirit, soul, and heart in accordance with the old traditions
1944 still the allies turn away
Fighting street to street in a time of hope and desperation
Did it on their own and they never lost their faith

All the streetlights in the city broken many years ago
Break the curfew, hide in sewers, Warsaw, it’s time to rise now

Lyrics:Brodén / Sundström
Historic Fact
The Warsaw Uprising (Polish: powstanie warszawskie) was a major World War II operation by the Polish Resistance home Army to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. The rebellion was timed to coincide with the Soviet Union’s Red Army approaching the eastern suburbs of the city and the retreat of German forces. However, the Soviet advance stopped short, enabling the Germans to regroup and demolish the city while defeating the Polish resistance, which fought for 63 days with little outside support. The Uprising was the largest single military effort taken by any European resistance movement during WW2. The uprising began on 1 August 1944 and the Poles initially established control over most of central Warsaw but the Soviets ignored Polish attempts to establish radio contact and did not advance beyond the city limits. Intense street fighting between the Germans and Poles continued. Although the exact number of casualties remains unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions. Jews being harboured by Poles were exposed by German house-to-house clearances and mass evictions of entire neighbourhoods. German casualties totalled over 8,000 soldiers killed and missing, and 9,000 wounded.