76th Anniversary: The Heroes of Warsaw

THE “protesters” in the streets today have nothing in common with them. They are, in fact, Reich revivalists.

FRONT-line worker Różyczka Goździewska was an eight-year-old nurse during the Warsaw Uprising:
First of all, a message to English left-wing journalists and intellectuals generally: ‘Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don’t imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the boot-licking propagandist of the Soviet régime, or any other régime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore’.”

 

– George Orwell on the failure of the British press to get behind the insurrection, 1 September 1944

Miss Goździewska served in the “Koszta” field hospital (a tenement house) at 11 Moniuszki Street. She survived the war, emigrated to France, was married, had two children and died in in 1989, aged just 53.

 
The debate about the wisdom of the Uprising and how much blame the Russians, the British and the Americans should take for its failure will go on forever. I take the view that the Home Army gave Hitler an unwelcome and draining extra headache and contributed mightily to the Reich’s ultimate collapse. The tactical factors involved in the battle and the international relations pertaining to it were not quite as straightforward as Orwell thought but I’ve included his warning for its portentous, depressing aptness in August 2020.

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14 Responses to 76th Anniversary: The Heroes of Warsaw

  1. JC

    and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore’.”

    What a great comment.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    No wonder the Poles are still so suspicious of lefties to this day. They got socialism simultaneously from both directions in 1939.

    Fortunately many of the Je ws of the Warsaw Ghetto who survived found a refuge in Israel. Yet even there they are not safe from the Left. But they have a chance, which is all anyone can ask for.

  3. Lee

    The word “hero” is tossed around and used very lightly these days (even for sportsmen and women and others just doing their every day job), but the Warsaw uprisers were heroes in the truest sense of the word.

  4. Angus Black

    A wise man, Orwell.

    That’s what the humanities used to offer, but no longer does.

  5. First of all, a message to English left-wing journalists and intellectuals generally

    Sadly, it’s no longer just the English and they are all Left-wing today.

  6. Alex

    “First of all, a message to English left-wing journalists and intellectuals generally

    Sadly, it’s no longer just the English and they are all Left-wing today.”

    Sadly they are no longer journalists, they are the useful idiots of Marxism.

    Each generation has its challenges and this will become the current generations, I hope but doubt they are up to it.

  7. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Once a whore, always a whore

    Eric Arthur never liked to mince words.

  8. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Miss Goździewska served in the “Koszta” field hospital (a tenement house) at 11 Moniuszki Street. She survived the war, emigrated to France, was married, had two children and died in in 1989, aged just 53.

    Thanks, CL. The Poles were sold down the river without a paddle by the west, sandwiched between their two mortal enemies, the soviets and the nayzees.

    This gentle man helped end the idiocy and right some profound historical wrongs.

  9. Archivist

    Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for.

    Clearly, Orwell was wrong.

  10. HT

    Not many comments here. Presumably because there isn’t much to say. I wonder if ever in that position I could muster the courage to do what they achieved.

  11. Speedbox

    HT
    #3533968, posted on August 3, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    I wonder if ever in that position I could muster the courage to do what they achieved.

    We all (or most) like to think that if push came to shove, we would stand up against tyranny. Many Australians like to think of themselves as having a healthy disregard for authority and the old ocker image is still alive in us. We are warriors against Government excess and intrusion. No foreign Government could hope to tame our individualism and we will fight back.

    Once upon a time, but I don’t see that we (as a collective) are really now any different than those poor souls who were herded into the gas chambers. We were once a nation of individuals who exhibited the characteristics described above but the social fabric of this nation has changed – and not for the better.

    We (as a collective) are conformists. We have given up countless freedoms or privileges under a never ending onslaught from the ‘progressive’ Left all aided and abetted by the MSM. Our political leaders have initiated these changes or simply been too weak or self-serving to oppose them.

    Look at how quickly, and completely, we have succumbed to the China virus restrictions. Barely a whimper of dissent by the vast percentage. Not a word of challenge in the MSM. Indeed, Police ‘hotlines’ field hundreds of calls a day with neighbor dobbing in neighbor.

    The Australia of bygone days, where you could reasonably expect dissent, disobedience or outright refusal to comply, is gone and will never return. We are a nation of appeasers and snitches who hunt in packs via Twitter and the like. We have disgraced our heritage and have no right to compare ourselves to genuine heroes who fought and stood up against tyranny during WW2.

  12. Natural Instinct

    This gentle man helped end the idiocy and right some profound historical wrongs.

    You would not have thought he was a “gentle man” if you were an 18 year old girl dealing with the consequences of a heated moment with the boyfriend who does not want to get married – yet.
    The “gentle man” transformed the availability of abortions in Poland. And an unmarried mother went very quickly from a liberated comrade to a whore.
    And having lived there for a time from early 1990, one still remembered image was the groups of pious Poles huddled outside (in minus 20 degree weather) the new constructed churches showing they still believed in God and Polish Catholicism (which saved Europe from the Ottomans) , just not the JP2 version.
    The “new” church money did not go into hospitals, schools or orphanages, but a rather large construction boom of some ugly looking churches to lord over the town folk.

  13. Louis Litt

    Norman Davies in the History of Europe described the Battle of Warsaw an intense, building by building, street by street …. all the while the red army were lying on the bNks of the river in the sun. Can you imagine what horror was to come behind you with the red army.
    A situation to horrid for words but we in a West laughed at Poland.

  14. Lee

    Louis, it must have been like going from the frying pan into the fire for the Poles, with the Nazis, then the Soviets.

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