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“Fighting Poland” – an exhibition and "Warsaw44" film in Central Library

For the month of March Central Library will be hosting an exhibition prepared by the Institute of the National Remembrance called “Fighting Poland”. It tells the story of organized Polish resistance against the Germans and the Soviets and covers the period from 1939 to the early 1950’s, presenting not only the fight against the occupiers, but also the organization of clandestine Polish state.  The Polish Underground State was the product of an unprecedented organization:  it involved hundreds of thousands of people holding political, administrative, and judicial functions, but particularly the ongoing armed struggle that covered the pre-war territory of Poland.  The archives and documents from the era show the most important events, including the action “Storm,” and the Warsaw Uprising.  It also shows silhouettes of conspirators, partisans, and the cursed soldiers, who continued the struggle for an independent Poland after the end of World War II against communist rule.  

The topic of Warsaw Uprising will be presented in the featured film of Jan Komasa Warsaw44. The film  will be screened as a part of the upcoming Polish Film Festival, on Saturday, April 16 at 2 pm in the Wolf Performance Hall in Central Library. First released in August  of 2014 on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising the film tells a story of young Varsovians – as we read on the Polish Film Institute website-full of life and passion who live their lives as if each day was to be their last. Joined by friendship, the characters of "Warsaw44" form one of the most courageous detachments in the Uprising. They witness sacrifice and heroism, but also cruelty, betrayal and murder. They learn about love and discover what hate feels like. History teaches them a bloody and brutal lesson in growing up.

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 “Fighting Poland” –the exhibition is on the 2nd floor of the Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, ON, available for visitors during the library hours of opening in the month of March.