73rd anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising

Today – the 73rd anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising – at 5 o’clock all movement and traffic in Warsaw will stop. I was there at this time three years ago and was able to pay my respects to all the insurgents, especially my father – codename Księżyc – whose ashes are scattered at the Powązki cemetery, Batalion Zośka.

Cześć i chwała bohaterom.

The title of my novel With Blood and Scars comes from a Polish poem which asks “Czym zdobyta? Krwią I blizną” – how was Poland and its freedom was won? The answer is With Blood and Scars. If you look at the cover of the book, through the arch to the past, the Warsaw mermaid is all that’s left standing in a city razed to the ground.

In another post I mentioned my visit to the lady who inspired me to create Auntie Teresa in With Blood and Scars: http://bit.ly/2aeWYBp She’s 97 years old now and still as feisty as when she ‘took on Hitler’ during the Warsaw Uprising.

Here’s her story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/The-Warsaw-women-who-took-on-H…

The city that stops for one minute every year:

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