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Producers: Julia Rooke and Maria Balinska
Editor: Stephen Smith
Coordinating Producer: Sasha Aslanian
Project Manager: Misha Quill
Assistant Producer: Ellen Guettler
Mixing: Craig Thorson
Web Producer: Ochen Kaylan
Web Production Assistance: Carey Biron and Melody Ng
Web Manager: John Pearson
Web Production Supervisor: Michael Wells
Executive Editor: Stephen Smith
Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg
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I was born in Poland and for me this is especially vulnerable topic , Knowing from History that Poland always fights for her freedom even a "loosing battles" That is only one thing to say ---
"Peace is a precious and a desirable thing. Our generation, bloodied in wars, certainly deserves peace. But peace, like almost all things of this world, has its price, a high but a measurable one. We in Poland do not know the concept of peace at any price. There is only one thing in the lives of men, nations and countries that is without price. That thing is honor."
" Bog Honor Ojczyzna " the motto of Poles !!
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This is a story that should be taught in schools all over the world, irrespective of nationality, faith or language.
These great people organised and stood up the devastating and vicious might of the Nazi war machine. The reclaimed their capital city and they held out for an unfathomable amount of time - only to be let down by their allies.
So many people overlook the bravery and the contribution of the Polish people throughout the Second World War. When they joined the RAF and fought in the battle of Britain they made the difference between British collapse and British survival.
In this event they came together in the most incredible circumstances. If it was a fiction you would dismiss it. While, ultimately the Warsaw Uprising was eventually put down, the heroes of Warsaw sent a message that should never be forgotten, and should echo through the generations. They stood up against oppression. They made the ultimate sacrifice having chosen to die free, rather than live as slaves.
Today in the UK we have a disgusting political movement that is trying to stigmatise the free movement of hardworking Polish people into our country. They need to listen to this and feel ashamed of their insular views. I'm proud that my next door neighbour is Polish - they are great people - and this is a great event that has been recorded and retold about them.
The telling however, is very average at best. It is cut together from a radio show with unnecessary breaks and pauses. The production quality could be better, the narrative voice could be more involving.