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The story of the city that stands still for a minute every year

One minute every August.

EVERY YEAR, ON August 1st at 5pm the streets of Warsaw come to a standstill.

A siren sounds out across the Polish city to commemorate the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, which saw the Polish Home Army attempt to liberate the city.

Following the uprising Hitler declared that Warsaw should be reduced to rubble.

So, every August 1st, the people of the city stand still, and remember.

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Poland Warsaw Uprising Source: AP/Press Association Images

Poland Warsaw Uprising Source: Czarek Sokolowski

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Uprising, and this week the presidents of Germany and Poland opened an exhibition in Berlin along with veterans of Warsaw in 1944.

Germany Poland Warsaw Uprising Anniversary Source: Markus Schreiber

Germany Poland Warsaw Uprising Anniversary Source: Markus Schreiber

 

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