Funeral for decorated Warsaw Uprising soldier
PR dla Zagranicy
Senior politicians and veterans on Friday attended the funeral of General Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski, a decorated former soldier in the Polish World War II resistance movement.
The funeral ceremony in Warsaw on Friday. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk
Ścibor-Rylski was a holder of the Virtuti Militari medal, Poland's highest military decoration, and fought in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
His funeral ceremony in Warsaw was attended by politicians including former President Bronisław Komorowski and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.
Ścibor-Rylski died on August 3 at the age of 101, two days after the Polish capital marked 74 years since the outbreak of an insurgency aiming to wrest the city from Nazi German occupation during World War II.
Some 20,000 fighters of the Polish Home Army took up arms against the Germans on August 1, 1944, launching what would be a 63-day uprising which was eventually quashed by the better-armed Nazis.
Around 18,000 insurgents and some 150,000-180,000 Polish civilians were killed in the Warsaw Uprising, according to Poland's Institute of National Remembrance.