Pool report 6

From: Peter Nicholas [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 6, 2017 8:34 AM
Subject: Pool report 6

About 2:05 pm, after his speech in Krasinski Square, the president boarded his motorcade for the drive to the airport.
The address was warmly received. The crowd broke into chants of "Donald Trump!" but booed his mention of former Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.
Crowds packed the streets surrounding the site, with some people holding large blue signs that read, Make Poland Great."
They waved Polish and American flags.
"Thank you, Mr. Trump," read one sign along the route.

Security was heavy. Roads were cleared. Police in yellow vests guarded every overpass and eyed people who turned out to glimpse the passing motorcade.

At 2:26 motorcade reached Air Force One at Chopin airport.

The President and First Lady boarded the plane together.

At 2:33., we're starting to roll.

Next stop: Hamburg.

The White House passes along this list of attendees at the speech.

H.E. Andrzej Duda

President of Poland

Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda

Spouse of Andrzej Duda

Mixture of US and Polish Troops

Polish Boy and Girl Scouts

WWII Uprising Veterans:

Andrzej Szamotulski – Served in the Kilinski Battalion of the Home Army during the Warsaw Uprising that captured the PASTA building after a bloody three-week siege. He is of the last living soldiers from that unit. For his actions during the siege, he was awarded the Cross of Valor.

Col. Danuta Galkowa – Received Virtuti Militari Cross, Florence Nightingale award and is honored as Righteous Among the Nations.  She saved more than 20 wounded Home Army soldiers from a burning hospital, hid them in a basement in the Old Town, and took care of them until the end of the Uprising. She was presented with an American flag flown on her behalf on Capitol Hill by the United States Congress.

Col. Jerzy Broszkiewicz – Received the Cross of Valor for participating in the Warsaw Uprising as his unit protected Gen. Bor-Komorowski, head of Polish Home Army.  Prior to the Uprising his unit was responsible for eliminating those who collaborated with the Germans.  After the war he received a death sentence from the communist authorities, but the sentence was not carried out,because his unit saved a group of communist partisans from annihilation in the Kampinoski Forest. He was presented with an American flag flown on his behalf on Capitol Hill by the United States Congress.

Prof. Barbara Otwinowska – Awarded the Cross of Valor for participating in the Warsaw Uprising.  After the war, she was jailed by Polish security for her anti-communist activities associated with Capt. WitoldPilecki, who during the war organized resistance movement in the Auschwitz concentration camp. She was presented with an American flag flown on her behalf on Capitol Hill by the United States Congress.

Jozef Walaszczyk – A veteran of the Home Army’s intelligence unit based in Warsaw.  He helped to save many Jews and is honored as Righteous Among the Nations.

Major Waclaw Sikorski – A Home Army veteran whose unit continued to resist the Soviet imposed regime for which he was sentenced to death by the communist authorities.  He is now one of two living Home Army vets who were on the death row.

Daniela Oginska – Home Army vet who served as a field nurse and messenger during the Warsaw Uprising.

Eugeniusz Tyrajski – Served in Battalion Baszta, Mokotow district, and was involved in heavy engagements with Germany’s elite SS troops.  He was taken prisoner and sent to a POW camp in Germany.  Liberated by American troops in 1945, for two years he served as an interpreter for U.S. Army. He received one of Poland's highest awards, the Polonia Restituta Cross.

Zbigniew Galperyn – During the Uprising at age 15, Mr. Galeryn was badly wounded while serving as a Home Army soldier in the Chrobry I unit. For his actions, he received, the Polonia Restituta Cross.

Major Leszek Zukowski – During the Uprising, he served in Boy Scout unit providing support to frontline Home Army soldiers. Sent to POW camp in Germany, he returned to Poland in 1947 and received the Polonia Restituta Cross.

Background: Plac Krasińskich and Uprising Monument

The Warsaw Uprising is an exceptional chapter in the city’s history - one that is both heroic and tragic. The monument commemorates the thousands of heroes of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising who gave their lives for their homeland, having fought against the occupiers for 63 days under woefully uneven odds. It is a two-part monument. The first part presents the fighters as they crawl out from under a bridge support, while the second part shows them entering the canal system. An entryway into the canal system used to escape from the Germans was located on Plac Krasińskich.

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