Library display showcases WWII Warsaw uprising

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For some students, the Iron Curtain may be brushed aside the next time they visit the library. Recently added to the library’s lobby is a display depicting the events of the Warsaw uprising in 1944 Poland.

“Basically, it is to inform the viewers on the part of history of World War II that is almost unknown to the audiences in the west,” Witold J. Lukaszewski, political science professor said. “Part of the reason is during the Cold War, what was behind the Iron Curtain was ignored by the western academia. I think it’s good for SHSU, and it’s essentially educational.”

The Warsaw uprising took place in Poland during 1944 when the Soviet Red Army was driving the German army backwards on the eastern front. The Polish Underground Home Army, under the command of General ‘Bor’ Komorowski, started an uprising in the capitol of Warsaw in an attempt to liberate it from German control. Unfortunately, the fighting caused much more bloodshed than anticipated and lasted for 63 days until the Germans regained control.

“The ghetto uprising had very little to do with the Jewish population and the Holocaust,” Lukaszewski said. “It was a national effort for Poland. It was very costly in human lives. In those 63 days, every day more people were killed than everyone in 9/11 combined.”

The display has stirred some interest, and Lukaszewski is hoping that it makes a significant impact on the student population.

“As a professor in this field, I’d like to further pursue this subject,” Lukaszewski said, “but I don’t have a mission to push this item. I’d love to have some feedback. It’d be great for students and professional colleagues of mine, especially students.”