During the upcoming session, councilors will decide whether a monument to the Women of the Warsaw Uprising will be erected at Krasińskich Square. The City Hall announces that if the project is approved, the monument could be unveiled in August, on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.
The agenda for the Thursday session of the city council included an item concerning the plan to build a monument to the Women of the Warsaw Uprising. The capital city hall showed the draft of the project on Monday. “The monument is to be made of bronze. It will depict a group of three women of different ages holding hands in allegorical terms. It is a symbol of their solidarity and dignity. An inscription will be placed on the monument – Women of the Warsaw Uprising” – the officials describe.
The author of the sculpture of three women is Monika Osiecka – an artist known for such works as the sculpture on the grave of Kora Jackowska or the monument dedicated to the battle in Normandy, commanded by general Maczek.
The construction would be carried out by the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Heroes of the Warsaw Uprising in cooperation with the Association of Warsaw Insurgents. The president of the foundation, Rafał Szczepański, announced this initiative in August last year, during the ceremony of unveiling the statue of Stanisław “Agaton” Jankowski. – The next ones will commemorate the women of the Warsaw Uprising fighting with weapons in their hands, as well as nurses, liaison officers and representatives of the city’s civilian population who lost their children, entire families, youth and childhood. Women who died, as well as those who survived and raised the next generation of a free and tolerant city – said Szczepański at the time.
The City Hall announces that if the Warsaw Council gives a positive opinion on the project, the unveiling of the monument could be possible this year, during the 77th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. It would be located at Krasiński Square.
“They experienced the ordeal of 63 days of the fighting city”
The president of the capital, Rafał Trzaskowski, supported the construction of the monument. – Soldiers, nurses, liaison officers. But also mothers, daughters, sisters and granddaughters. Brave on the battlefield, tragically hit by the nightmare of war. We owe them their memory. That is why I support the construction of the Monument to the Women of the Warsaw Uprising. I hope that councilors will support her at the next session – said Rafał Trzaskowski, quoted in the town hall announcement.
In turn, the president of the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Heroes of the Warsaw Uprising, Rafał Szczepański, emphasized that the monument was to commemorate the Warsaw residents of that time. – Both those actively participating in the uprising as well as the others, which survived the ordeal of 63 days of the fighting city. We should recall the drama of mothers and grandmothers whose beloved children and grandchildren went to the uprising and whom they have often never seen again. The great heroism of women, as well as the enormity of the suffering they have suffered, deserves special memory, he emphasized.
“For years, it was believed that the nurse had no gun, so it’s not a soldier.” But I have always felt like a soldier who fights for our country. I believe that the role of women in the uprising was underestimated over the years. It is good that we are starting to talk about it and remind us how much effort we put into saving our homeland. This monument will be a beautiful gesture for all of us – emphasized the vice-president of the Association of Warsaw Insurgents Halina Jędrzejewska pseud. Sławek.
Main photo source: Office of the Capital City of Warsaw