Polish Parliament: WWII crimes still unresolved
29 July 2004, WARSAW - The Polish Parliament on Thursday called for the cooperation of German authorities in resolving questions of "legal responsibility" for crimes committed during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.
29 July 2004
WARSAW - The Polish Parliament on Thursday called for the cooperation of German authorities in resolving questions of "legal responsibility" for crimes committed during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.
"We point to the question of legal responsibility for the committed crimes, but which so far have not been resolved," said the resolution which received unanimous parliamentary support.
"We expect active cooperation from German authorities in this matter, which represents a necessary element in reconciling our nations."
The resolution also hailed World War Two Polish resistance fighters and civilians who fought and died in the August-October uprising aimed at repelling Nazi German forces from Warsaw.
"Germany responded to the armed uprising with a massacre of the civilian population and the complete destruction of the city later. Soviet forces — despite the character of the coalition in the war against Germany — suspended their offensive and in fact took no action to help struggling and dying Warsaw," the resolution said.
Launched in the Polish capital Warsaw 1 August 1944 by the poorly armed Polish Home Army (AK) resistance, the bloody battle ended in defeat 63 days later.
Some 20,000 AK fighters and up to 200,000 civilians perished in the fighting. The city was later razed on the orders on Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler until more than 80 percent was nothing more than a smouldering heap of rubble.
The battle, regarded as one of the bloodiest in Polish history, was also the largest single armed assault by a partisan force against Nazi forces anywhere in occupied Europe during World War Two.
Although allied with the Western powers and stationed across the Vistula river just a few kilometres away from the fighting in western Warsaw, the Soviet Red Army refused to help the AK repel the Nazis.
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin also blocked the Western Allies from giving aid, in effect helping Nazi forces to crush the Polish resistance.
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