The first book ever written in Swedish dedicated to the 63-day Warsaw Uprising has been published in Sweden.
The book, entitled “The Warsaw Uprising 1944” (1944 Warsaw Uprising) and written by the historian Artur Szulc, was released on October 4.
The publisher Historiska Media said: “Artur Szulc, in a moving way, not only presents the course of the battle but also shows what it means to be a Polish soldier and civilian in the middle of the world war’s greatest uprising. II.”
The descriptions of the course of the battle are intertwined with detailed accounts of the participants and witnesses to the uprising, the publishers said.
They added that Warsaw’s uprising for decades was largely unknown outside Poland because of the Iron Curtain.
The Warsaw Uprising was the largest underground military operation in German-occupied Europe.
On August 1, 1944, about 40,000 to 50,000 rebels took part in the fighting. Planned to last for several days, the uprising eventually lasted over two months.
During the fighting in Warsaw, about 18,000 insurgents were lost and 25,000 were wounded. The losses among the civilian population were enormous and amounted to approx. 180 000.
After the Warsaw Uprising was crushed, about 500,000 survivors were forced to evacuate and Warsaw was almost completely leveled.
Artur Szulc was born in Szczecin in 1976 and is a Swedish historian who specializes in 20th century history. In 2019, he was honored by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for his work in bringing Polish history to Swedish readers.