Tucked away behind a modern office building we came across this memorial to a Polish Sewer Worker, who hid and protected several Jews in the sewers under Warsaw.
The memorial shows hands reaching out of the sewer pipe--it's an odd effect. Set in the bottom is a large Star of David.
We finally found the museum, bought our tickets and entered. We were hungry, and VERY cold--it was cold and windy in Warsaw today. We decided to go to the cafe first, have some lunch and warm up.
After our quick lunch we went back to the beginning of the exhibit and watched a very informative movie, which was about 15 minutes long. It gave a brief over-view of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
The uprising museum is a wonderful testament to the bravery and determination of the Polish "underground army" fight to defeat Germany near the end of WWII. While the Poles were "defeated" after a 6 week battle, they are true heroes of Poland. To be clear, though--there is much controversy about the treatment of the Jews by the Poles during and after the war. This was not, as far as we saw, addressed in the story told at The Uprising Museum.
We tried to read and experience each display, but the massive crowds of school children, from upper grade school age to teens, made it impossible to see the exhibits or hear our audio guides. We are, of course, pleased that the children are able to see this wonderful story, and learn the history of their parents and grandparents. But we finally gave up, and decided to call it a day.
We agreed that we were NOT walking back to our apartment in the cold and wind, so we found a nearby taxi and hopped in for a nice, warm ride back to the area near our hotel.
Our taxi driver was wonderful, pointing out several sights along the way and doing his best to describe them to us--what a lovely man! We saw the small remaining part of the Ghetto wall, and he pointed out what he said were "communist buildings". These were very large, boxy and unattractive buildings built during Poland's Communist era, each individual apartment is only about 20 sq meters, and had shared bathrooms in the halls. He said now most of the apartments are lived in by Vietnamese immigrants, as many as 5 to an apartment.
The other building he pointed out to us was this building, which now houses the Palace of Science and Culture. He was most definitely not a fan of this post war Stalin "gift" to Warsaw!
We walked the few blocks to our apartment, stopping along the way for a much needed mug of hot wine. Gee--I hope we don't sound like we're developing a drinking problem! Really, they are a great way to warm up.......
Back at our apartment, we packed up and organized our suitcases--we have a VERY early 4 a.m. cab to the airport tomorrow.
Dinner tonight was just a short walk back the Bulldog Pub for an quick and easy meal of ribs for me, and a hamburger for David. Did we I have one last mulled wine? I'm not telling!
Most definitely early to bed for us--we have our alarms set for 2:45 tomorrow morning--ugh!
We have really enjoyed our visit to Poland. Even though Warsaw has not been our favorite city, we have learned a lot about Poland's difficulties during and after WWII. We are very impressed by their progress in the few short years since Communist rule.
Strong, courageous and determined--that's Poland!