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Anti-Nazi Resistance: Polish Home Army

On August 1, 1944, the underground Polish Home Army, allied with the Polish Government in Exile in London, rose in arms against the Nazi occupiers at Warsaw, and battled against them for two long months despite hopeless odds. During the uprising, a postal service was established for both military and civilian communication, with messages limited to 25 words. Censorship was performed by the Home Army. Mail was carried through the sewers by young girls and boys, many of them Scouts. The insurrection ended with the Home Army’s surrender on October 2, 1944.

Pictured Above: A censored letter postmarked “Field Post Warsaw” to the Lost Persons Division, District Office, seeks the whereabouts of missing relatives. Expertized genuine, signed E. Krawczyk.

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