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Polish Home Army commemorative armband issued to veteran of Warsaw Insurrection

Object | Accession Number: 2010.459.2

Red and white armband commemorating the Warsaw Insurrection issued to Ryszard Przemyski, a member of the underground resistance group, Armia Krajowa [Home Army], known as A.K. The armband has his group number VII, pseudonym Ruczaj, A.K., and the date. The Warsaw Rising or Insurrection, August 1-October 5, 1944, was the attempt by the Polish Home Army to retake Warsaw from the German occupying forces. They retook much of the city, but without the promised aid from Western Allies or the Soviet Union, whose forces were within sight of the city, the resistance was crushed. The Germans massacred or deported the populace and Hitler ordered the city burnt to the ground. Ryszard was a 15 year old high school student when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. He was captured during the Warsaw Uprising in fall 1944 and sent to Stalag III-A prisoner of war camp in Luckenwalde, Germany. On April 22, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the camp and Ryszard joined the 2nd Polish Corps, a division of the British Army, in Italy. He met fellow A.K. member Ewa Lada in Rome. The war ended in May, and the couple moved to Camp Foxley, a displaced persons camp in England.

commemoration:  1944 August 01-1944 October 02
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Eve Przemyski
Record last modified: 2022-06-13 10:47:16
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