Vandalized Polish Warsaw Uprising Mural Repainted

Caption: The Greenpoint mural is the first and the only U.S. memorial commemorating the heroes and victims of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. (Photo by Grzegorz Fryc via Nowy Dziennik)

The Greenpoint mural is the first and the only U.S. memorial commemorating the heroes and victims of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. (Photo by Grzegorz Fryc via Nowy Dziennik)

The mural which adorns one of the walls of the Polish National Home in Greenpoint was first unveiled in August last year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. Then, three months later, it was vandalized and defaced with senseless graffiti.

Now the mural, which pays tribute to the victims and the heroes of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, has been repainted and will be unveiled again on Aug. 2 to mark the 71st anniversary of the uprising. The ceremony is planned to start at 2 pm.

“The mural has come along the same way Warsaw did. It was destroyed, and just like Poland’s capital, has just been rebuilt,” says Grzegorz Fryc, one of the initiators of the Warsaw Uprising memorial. “We are glad that right from the beginning, the mural has been an important place for Polish Americans and all other people who have respect for the soldiers risking their lives in the name of the most beautiful ideals. The Home Country soldiers (Armia Krajowa), selfless fighters for freedom, pose a universal example not only for Poland but for the entire world. Keeping the memory of their utmost sacrifice and dedication is the best way of paying tribute to them. So we are glad that the Greenpoint mural is back to life,” said Mr. Fryc. “We are glad Poles care about the memorial and cherish it,” he added.

Special guests are expected to attend the Aug. 2 ceremony of the unveiling of the mural. One of them will be Julian Kulski, a fighter during the revolt and a son of the president of Warsaw during the war. His face adorns the mural. Another prominent guest will be Rita Cosby, a renowned American journalist and author of a book “The Quiet Hero” that tells the story of her father Ryszard Kossobudzki, a Warsaw Uprising fighter, whose portrait also can be seen on the Greenpoint mural.

Expected to attend the ceremony are, just like a year ago, representatives of the Polish and American authorities as well as of numerous Polish-American organizations, war veterans and officers of the Polish and American military forces.

After the unveiling, Julian Kulski will sign his latest book, “The Color of Courage,” in which he wrote down memories from the 9th Combat Sabotage Company “Zniwiarz” [Reaper], which was part of the Directorate for Subversion of the Underground Army (Kedyw)Also planned is a screening of his film based on a book “The Legacy of the White Eagle” and of a movie by Jan Komasa, “Warsaw 44.”

The Greenpoint mural is the first and the only memorial in the United States devoted to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. It is an initative of the Polish Army Veterans Association of America and Pangea Network. After its first unveiling last August it has become a cherished memorial dedicated to Home Army fighters, as well as a popular tourist attraction in this traditionally Polish neighborhood in Brooklyn. This version of the mural, as well as the first one, was painted by Polish-American artist Rafał Pisarczyk.

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