First-Person Account of The ’44 Uprising

Kazimierz Klimczak is the oldest living veteran of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising (not to be confused with the smaller Warsaw Ghetto Uprising one year earlier). He gave a very long interview in 2013. What follows is my translation of a few excerpts from it. I broke them up and added the bold titles. 

Personal Background

I was born in Ciepłowo near Sompolno [present-day central Poland]. I had six brothers and five sisters. One sister died young, all the rest of my siblings lived but had since passed on. I joined the army in 1936. I graduated from non-commissioned instructors’ school and joined the 67th Infantry Regiment in Brodnica.

1939 Campaign: First Kill

In the first skirmish by a forest, we were separated from Germans by beet and carrot fields and some freshly plowed land. We won the first skirmish thanks to the artillery that had made craters in the ground, allowing us to advance in leaps. My cadet and a couple of my riflemen were killed. Then some German was sniping at us, so I made my soldiers conceal themselves in a thick growth of weeds that separated two fields. We lied low, and these bullets cracked “snap, snap.” When a bullet whistles past it’s harmless, but when it goes “snap, snap,” it means it’s close to your ears.

So we stayed concealed and I wondered, “What is that German behind the tree doing, beckoning us to come out after he had already fired at us.” I grabbed another rifle, zeroed its sights for four hundred meters and took him down. I recognized him [upon seeing the body], he was a pastor’s son. He had deserted from the Polish Army and joined the Germans, hoping that we’d follow his example. When our military police came, one on them patted me on the back: “It’s good that you whacked such a lowlife.” It was difficult for me, because then I got anxious, my hands were shaking, and only a bit later did I regain my self-control. As they say, “Who takes a girl’s virginity or kills his first enemy…” it is very unsettling. It shook me up very much.

1939 Campaign: Wounded

There was a heavy fight in Kutno and my commander, Captain Subocz, told me to set up a post. There would be three observation posts: One, Two and Three. I was in the second one, at the edge of the forest and I asked: “What are my orders, sir?” And he says that I have to hold back the enemy to give our reserve troops the time to develop their positions. It was peaceful, there was a manor nearby.

There was silence, the lady of the manor brought us coffee, bread, we were well taken care of. Then suddenly six tanks appeared. But they were our tanks, meaning that the Germans had already captured our tanks and tankettes and started to push at us. My soldiers rushed to readiness. I contacted observation posts One and Three. Everyone was getting antsy but I said “Steady…” We readied the anti-tank gun that we kept concealed in heavy vegetation. I said “Steady, hold your fire, let them get closer” because they were all asking: “Now? now?” One hundred and fifty meters… Two of the enemy vehicles got bold, the others stayed back under cover of varied terrain. They came out and hid again, trying to provoke us but I kept my cool. I let those two get inside a hundred and fifty meters and told the gunman: “Fire.” We destroyed both tankettes. The German crews jumped out and low-crawled back through the potato field.

And then suddenly, I don’t know where they came from, a German detachment came from behind, one shouted: “Hände hoch!” I yelled “Enemy at six! Fire!” He shot at me, I fell down and I don’t know what happened next. I only know that the murmur of blood is terrible. Then a German stood over me, he was young and I’m not entirely conscious but I think he asked if I am a bandit or something. Then I came-to and an older German said: “Well, well, it’s a polnischer Soldat.” He opened his mess tin and gave me coffee. I wanted to drink it in big gulps because I had a fever and he said, “Don’t drink the whole damn thing.” He took me by the legs, dressed my wound and drove me to a barn. There were a few Germans there. That same lady of the manor came, gave me a drink and something to eat.

Then our troops recaptured this barn, driving the Germans back. Then the Germans attacked again and this barn changed hands several times. In the end, our guys drove the Germans back and followed in pursuit. An ambulance came and took me through Modlin to Warsaw, to Ujazdowski Hospital, where I stayed for a year and a half.

Hospital Stay

Until 1940, Germans fed us very well at the hospital. We saluted their officers and they saluted ours. We gave each other full military courtesy. After 1940, their troops surrounded the entire hospital and ordered that all of the healthy convalescing officers, almost six thousand of us, be marched into the vehicles outside. But our doctors, along with the German committee, protested that the patients have tuberculosis and must remain at the hospital. This German committee sought a compromise. They had my regiment commander, Colonel Komuniecki, sign a statement. He was recovering from a wounded arm and had been shot through the lungs. They took a photo of him as he signed “I will not harm Germans after I leave the hospital.” Our doctors, these medical men, protected their patients magnificently. Well, some of the officers were taken away, in a total of six cars.

Komuniecki and others I knew at the hospital later led the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Meanwhile, I co-founded Service to Poland’s Victory [PA: Służba Zwycięstwu Polsce, which was then absorbed into the Home Army or Armia Krajowa].

Resistance Movement and Reprisals

I am sorry that I will say this, but we killed — that is, our entire underground organization killed — three thousand informants over the course of the Occupation. It was a serious thing. And the Germans then retaliated and carried out their executions. I remember, here on Marszałkowska Street they brought out those loudspeakers and boasted about their execution of hostages. Then they announced that Polish bandits had just assassinated a great son of the Reich, SS commandant and chief of police Franz Kutschera,* therefore forty people were to be shot in reprisal. They also said that several people will be hanged along a row of balconies for show. Then someone in the crowd shouted “Poland has not yet perished!” We all ran away because a mass arrest was imminent.

And these two Gestapo officers on Szucha Avenue stopped two of our boys, who were nineteen- or twenty-years-old. Those boys wore these white raincoats and carried handguns underneath. One of the Gestapos tells them: Ausweiss, bitte (“ID, please”). They gunned down those two Germans and took off on foot and the crowd, in turn, scattered away from them.

*[PA: He refers above to the February 1, 1944 assassination of SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor Franz Kutschera. He became SS and Police Chief of the Warsaw District in September 1943, immediately stepping up terror measures against civilians, including an increase in public reprisal-executions and street round-ups. The assassination is fascinating to read about. To be young and… blood stirs. The famous hit is described here.]

1944 Warsaw Uprising: Euphoria

INTERVIEWER: Let’s go back to the moment of the outbreak of the Uprising. Do you remember this moment?

Yes. The uprising broke out at Zero Hour, at five or six in the afternoon. This little liaison girl, her name was Luśka, notified me that I am to report to Wola District. If unable to make it there, I am to report to the closest unit. I was one of the insurgents who was authorized to command men. At Kutno [in 1939] I commanded a small unit, a larger one in the Uprising.

The uprising was to last only three days. God, what enthusiasm there was. People shouted from windows, waved flags, sang “God Bless Poland” (Boże, coś Polskę). Germans fled, stayed clear of us. The Uprising was supposed to last three days, but then the Russians stopped in Praga [PA: east bank of Vistula River] and the Germans returned. My God, and it was sixty-three days of hard fighting.

Leadership

INTERVIEWER: What were some of your responsibilities as a leader?

You must first develop esprit d’corps among soldiers and trust those soldiers so that they know who’s leading them. Because if the commander doesn’t have good soldiers, he will die, everyone will die. I won my soldiers’ confidence. When I called for volunteers to go on a patrol, everyone wanted to go. I personally picked: “You, you, you.” I went to a strict school and I was a tough commander. I said: “If you do not like it, you can leave. This is voluntary service. You see how well the civilians treat us.”

The Barricade

Then we regrouped downtown on Działdowska Street. We constructed a good barricade there, everyone helped build it. They pulled up sidewalk panels, stacked the refrigerators, piled up anything they had and built that barricade. Even an old man came to me saying, “Boss, here are two bottles of gasoline, kill those Hitlerite devils.” And Germans could not take that barricade, because as they attacked, our people leaned out and bang! bang! bang! and the Germans fire back bang! bang! bang! but their bullets were deflecting off the structure, our barricade was unbeatable. Then the Germans decided that they have to use some kind of ruse. They rounded up about 150 civilians and rushed them at this barricade, and tanks followed.

We had earlier acquired this grenade launcher. I was familiar with it because I had previously trained on it. We had seventy pieces of ordnance for it. Real firepower. You plant it on the ground, set its level for the right distance, the two legs were extended and a projectile was dropped in. It was a good weapon, almost like a mortar launcher. [My commanding officer] gave me one projectile and said that two hundred meters is too close, I took the second missile and he says, “Good, fire!” I fire and that tank got damaged, probably slipped off its track and retreated. All of the hostages came came over to us. We saved a hundred and fifty people.

Mercy For A POW

I can tell you of how our patrol brought in a captured German sergeant. His name was Józef Janeczko. They found him asleep from exhaustion. They put a bayonet to him, brought him to me with his ammo belt, grenades with handles. And I ask him, “Master Sergeant” – that was his rank – “how many Poles have you killed?” He replied in Polish: “I swear, I fired but I did not kill anyone.” And I asked him, “How did you learn to speak Polish?” – “I have a Polish father, German mother.” I told him, “Say Our Father.” He crosses himself in front of me and recites the prayer. Then asks, “Are you going to kill me?” And I say, “No.” He says, “You will kill me. But I will tell you one thing, I have such a beautiful wife and two daughters. If you kill me, my wife’s face will haunt you, you will not sleep.” And he showed me a photo of his wife and two daughters, it grabbed my heart.

I said, “Sergeant, I will not kill you. Hand over your weapon.” He then said, “My name is Janeczko.” – “And what did you do in civilian life?” – “I was a builder, I installed windows, I worked on a construction site. My father taught me Our Father, I used to pray it.” He told me all this and then I told him: “I am now going to escort you toward a German position and let you go.” – “But they will kill me because you disarmed me, I surrendered. I have nowhere to go.” Well, so I talk to our quartermaster. “Chief, take him in, he’s half-Pole, half-German, Józef Janeczko is his name. Have him work for you.” Just before he’s taken away, Janeczko says to me: “Commander, you have my ID card and personal documents. If I survive this, I want us to meet.” I wrote letters to Germany after the war but I never found him or learned his fate.

War Criminals

Vlasov’s Division numbered three thousand soldiers [PA: collaborationist Soviet elements under German command]. They were “Mongols” [PA: slang for Asiatic ethnics of the USSR], they were butchers, what they did with the civilian population. They robbed, raped and every woman they raped, they killed – it was the Vlasov Army. Germans handed them the Ochota District. There were fewer of them in Wola District, but it was a slaughterhouse. Fifty thousand died in Wola, because there was this choke-point as people tried to evacuate. [PA: he is referring to the Wola Massacre.]

And then there were such soldiers who had a saying that if you don’t kill six Poles, you can’t have breakfast. They were Russians, Vlasov’s Army. I have not seen such thugs like Kaminski’s group in my entire life. They were… no conscience, nothing, only drink, rape, rob… As to Kaminski himself… Germans finally offed him. Kaminski’s men were scum without a heart, without human feelings. When I speak at schools today, I always tell young people to never arm those who have no heart and are killers and only want to kill, rape and murder. Those are people without honor.

I will give one more such a case. A man came to me and said, “Kill me,” and I asked, “Why should we kill you?” – “Because I don’t want to live.” And I ask, “What is the reason for that?” – “Because two drunks broke into my home, they took watches, jewelry, they took everything and now they are raping my wife and daughter because she did not want to give her necklace, and you’re just sitting here.” – “How many are there?” – “Two,” he replied. I said to my men, “Who will go with me?” Every single one of them wanted to go, everyone. Everyone raised his hand. I said, “No, two of you will go.” Here they are in this photo…

I took these two and told them: “Listen, when I say: ruki v vyerh, [PA: ‘Hands up!’ in Russian] and they reach for their weapons, fire at will.” Well, we walked in. They had raped that man’s wife, but they did not rape his daughter because she had such tight underwear and she twisted her legs, and he had a rifle slung on his back. Those two scumbags were filthy, their clothes… So I shouted: RUKI V VYERH! They go for their guns, and my boys sprayed them with bullets. I returned that jewelry, that’s all.

German Soldiers

INTERVIEWER: Have you ever captured German soldiers?

Yes, but I respected German soldiers very much [PA: my grandfather said the same thing]. I felt that they… For example, I was once in Częstochowa and an entire German company was going to the Eastern Front and they were all in church, they had set their rifles aside and cried. I felt sympathy for them — that is to say — for the Wehrmacht. But these other villains [PA: the SS-men], those fosterlings of Hitler, to them we showed no mercy.

There were seventeen of them in this industrial building. The Wehrmacht soldiers shouted: “We surrender! we surrender! we don’t want to die here!” There were two Gestapo agents among them. One of our sergeants brought a [unclear], made a hole, lit a barrel of tar, and the Gestapo men disguised in soldier uniforms came out. [PA: unclear to me what he said there; maybe that the two were smoked out of a hiding area], and the Wehrmacht soldiers said, “It’s them. Look, they have these letters here, take them.” Yes, we executed the Gestapo men in accordance with regulations. The Wehrmacht soldiers said: “Five of our men are buried here because we have long wanted to give up, but the Gestapos didn’t let us.” Wehrmacht was such that they went to war because they were forced to, but some were Catholics, there was a lot of it. Well, I’ve already told you everything.

A Fellow Centenarian Insurgent

The Old Town got it bad. I know a priest at Świętego Jacka Church right here, he is now over a hundred years old. He once told me that he was a chaplain in the Old Town during the Warsaw Uprising. He said:

“When those Mongols entered the church and we no longer had guns, our soldiers tore legs from chairs and bashed their heads. And I looked up at Christ on the large crucifix above the altar and said: ‘They will knock you down too.’ So I walked up to the crucifix, put it on my back and carried it to safety, saying ‘Lord Jesus, let me live a long time and I will look after you, because you were once wounded too and now you are whole.'”

And that priest recently told me:

“You see, I’ve already made it to 102 years of age. I eat herrings, onion, a little garlic. I live well, I have conversations with you, and I was the chaplain who carried this Christ to safety. When I ride a tram these days, I say a prayer for the Insurgents. When I wake up at night, I say a prayer for the Insurgents.”

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30 thoughts on “First-Person Account of The ’44 Uprising

  1. Thanks a lot EPG. I use Google Translate to do the grunt work of translation, then all the fun comes with cleaning it up. The additional challenge was that the original is oral cadence, with its bits of meandering, very long sentences, generational gap in instances of colloquialism. Also age. He’s clearly of sharp mind but old people do have that tendency to mender a bit and jump subjects when they reminisce. I didn’t use ellipses where I cut some of that material, I just trimmed things down (not a whole lot) to keep thought-threads focused.

  2. Very interesting. I’ve always had a lot of respect for the translators and their aberrant methods; in many cases more so than the poets or huntsmen being translated. An Eckermann or Boswell in relation to language ‘as such’ beats a Gerard Manley Hopkins re-rhapsodizing about time or the mind into the misted ravines.

  3. So how and why does one read oral history, this or some other? On various levels.

    It can be interesting for its own sake. If it’s your ancestry, then there is a personal and sentimental appeal.

    And finally, because all of this always repeats itself. Most Westerners (including Eastern Europeans) born after 1945 have a very peace- and stability-oriented attitude toward the world. We go soft, we become too kind because we lose some of that hard edge. Continental Europe saw very little war between Napoleonic Wars and WWI. About a century. Bourgeoisie civilization flourished from St Petersburg to Lisbon.

    That has its pluses and minuses. The minuses are softness and morbid tolerance. YMMV of course, as there were urban middle classes as well as farmers. Still, whoever you were, the world was immovable in its reassuring stability.

    The World Wars hardened an entire continent.

    When reading Klimczak’s reminiscences, I pick up fascinating detail about things like unit cohesion, treachery, indifference to danger, adaptation to foreign totalitarian regime, encounter with savage behavior, and youthful ardor.

    Also, his descriptions of fields in 1939 remind me of that old familiar landscape… and of lying face in the dirt with a rifle from my own Army days (training, not actual combat in my case). It felt immediate, like any good adventure story.

    I only translated a very small part of the entire original interview. Something that I didn’t include is his remarks about various Eastern European ethnic groups that had fought as mercenaries for Germany. He had unkind things to say about Latvians, Romanians, Czechs, and of course Russians. Not about the general character of their nations, but about the quality of their mercenary fighters.

    He also related his debates with a fellow-patient/soldier at the Warsaw hospital who was a Socialist. The other guy argued that freedom (“freedom” in that sweeping historic determinism that dominated intellectual thought of the time whether or not one was a Marxist) will come from the East, with USSR and Communism. Klimczak, a right-wing Roman Catholic patriot, argued that hope lies with the West.

    I came to understand a bit more my parents’ and grandparents’ generation’ almost irrational antipathy toward Eastern Europe. Specifically, a level of their consciousness that equated barbarism, backwardness etc with things East and a vision of Western Europe (including Germany, no hard feelings) and USA as a shiny civilized future. And yeah, for those generations the West was great civilized White world, the East was Asiatic corruption.

    But older generations in Poland, for whom the worst that the world can possibly be is sclerotic 1960s Communism, are still enamored of that antiquated image of shiny Western hope represented by imperial USA. Yeah, Poland has its Boomer Problem (TM) as well. They are the ones who have that contemptible, in my view, enthusiasm for American bases in Poland. How much more fucking cucked can you be, than to want foreign soldiers on your blood-sanctified soil.

    The Millennial and certainly Zyklon generations in Eastern Europe, like the rest of us who aren’t blind, live in a new paradigm. Poland and Hungary are secure, Russia is muscularly Christian and traditional in its popular iconography… meanwhile they also see that Paris is Africa and London is Pakistan.

    And the USA… a decade ago it was associated with GWB. It’s easy to underestimate how disgusted young Europeans (East and West, fairly or not) were with Bush during his terms. It’s an interesting question, how America is seen today. Similar to the reactions of the Chinese — when Obama was elected, it made America look weak in many Europeans’ eyes. Since Merkel’s 2015 migrant invasion and now Trump, who knows.

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  5. I read some more about the assassination of Franz Kutschera (link in original post) and web-searched the twelve conspirators. A few of the key male participants in the assassination died of wounds suffered in the ensuing firefight, two drowned in the Vistula River when they jumped in to avoid pursuit.

    [UPDATE: the driver who crashed into Kutschera’s car, he’s also shown in the movie below, he was wounded but lived afterwards. I just saw a Youtube video from an 80s (?) program in which he recalled the event.]

    To my surprise, two of the three female participants lived until 2016! (The third girl passed away in 1970). They were in their teens during the operation, girl scouts.

    I dunno why, but it’s uplifting to read about girls who were willing to risk everything to support their country in extremely risky situations. They weren’t some gross drugged-out Antifa freaks, they were the best of the best.

    What Klimczak said about his confidence that young people today will do the right thing when things get dire, it sounds prophetic.

    This is a short clip from the 1959 movie “Zamach,” depicting the assassination:

  6. Growing up I met many survivors of the camps, Siberia, Ravensbruk and they never talked about it in dramatic terms.

    There was also a strange hierarchy. My dad who was a combat vet with the Polish army in exile used to introduce everyone to me by their war service: “on byl w obozie” he was in a camp …”on byl lotnikiem”. He was a pilot.

    It was only muh later when (((they))) franchised the Holocaust that many of these stories started to emerge and very often overshadowed the heroism described in this original post.

  7. When I recently heard about some Poles wanting US military bases in their country I was very surprised, I have no idea why you would want foreign soldiers established in your country. I was wondering what you thought of that.

  8. When I recently heard about some Poles wanting US military bases in their country I was very surprised, I have no idea why you would want foreign soldiers established in your country. I was wondering what you thought of that.

    I’m fairly certain that PA is not in favor. 🙂

    But the reasons partly stem from Russia putting short-range missiles in Kaliningrad in 2017, the small Russian enclave in between Lithuania and Poland. From there those missiles can flatten any site in Poland within minutes since the flight time is so short, it’s a stone’s throw. At the national level, it’s a sign of weakness and lack of resolution to NOT not respond to that if you’re in Poland’s shoes – it’s like a guy running off at the mouth saying he’s gonna kick your ass from across the bar – if he walks towards ya you gotta do something.

    Poland is worried about Russia having expansionist ambitions, and so is NATO, especially after Russia’s activity in the Ukraine and in Crimea. So Poland asked the US to station troops there. Poland and Russia are still long-time rivals in the region, despite the craziness that liberalism has brought to the west in the last 25 years that fact hasn’t changed.

    Poland can handle it, their people won’t “internalize” any foolish American liberal rhetoric as a result of this.

    On the other side of the planet, some people don’t realize that Kim Jong Un is also behaving much better lately as the Japanese got tired of him firing test missiles over their airspace and they announced a plan to commission a round of full-fledged aircraft carriers, along with new offensive and defensive missile “shields”. China doesn’t want any talk of a more militant Japan either, so they surely leaned hard on Kim Jong Un to come to his senses and stop provoking them as there ‘s no need to poke the crocodile while he’s sleeping.

    Despite their current lack of aircraft carriers, Japan’s navy is 2nd only to the US in size and quality, and their medium-range missiles could decimate Pyongyang about 10 times over within minutes.

  9. There is that famous meme: “Russia is so expansionist. Look how close they put their country to our military bases!”

    It is not a good idea to set up permanent foreign bases on your land. Easy come, not so easy “go.” Poland has its own well-equipped armed forces and manpower. If we’re talking about ground-war deterrance, then we’re talking about something on the seriousness scale of Cuban Missile Crisis. There is no evidence that this is in play.

  10. If we’re talking about ground-war deterrance, then we’re talking about something on the seriousness scale of Cuban Missile Crisis. There is no evidence that this is in play

    Yeah, the ground troops (1 armored division) don’t mean diddley squat as a specific deterrent in the face of those Russian missiles. But I believe Poland also signed a deal to buy Patriot missiles down the road and the USA wants that $$ — otherwise Poland could go to some other country to buy them, like maybe Norway or even China.

    I dunno, PA – maybe the upside is that Poland is making its own decisions on security and nationalism, rather than sitting back thinking that Merkel and the EU have their best interests at heart.

  11. I dunno, Camlost. Geopolitics isnt my area but permanently stationing foreign soldiers on your soil creates new problems. Not to mention setting up nigger-rapist incidents like we’ve seen in Okinawa.

    It’s one thing to leverage a relationship with a distant power contra proximate power like when Poland bought fighter planes from the US rather than France in 2003 or thereabouts. Joint training, and so on too. But “permanent bases” gives me the heebie jeebies.

  12. But “permanent bases” gives me the heebie jeebies.

    But how can it be bad if it pisses off Angela Merkel? 🙂

  13. Poland is already doing a great job of pissing off Merkel: huge net consumer of EU money, zero compliance on migrant admission.

  14. When you look at t he details, it really drives home that you need popular support to run an insurgency.

    There’s a recent stormer article I wanted to link to (site down right now) about a half dozen German boys getting hauled off by the state with their baseball bat and pellet gun for supposedly “conspiring to commit violence against migrants and officials” ect. Anglin makes a point about this.

    When I consider this, I really can’t stop thinking that it’s old fogeys in the West who won’t admit the world has changed that are holding us back from rising up against our enemies. How can the youth save their nation when their own parents and grandparents conspire against them?

    I feel like Millennials are products of their environment, their spiritual betrayal. They need something real to believe in and give them hope for a better world, and were given only our new state religion Progressivism to the exclusion of everything else.

    Our fogeys never gave us what this man did. They stripped us of our birthright and sold us down the river. We were never taught we were bound together as a people, that our country was ours. That was stolen from us. All the iPhones in the world can’t make up for that.

  15. Back to the OP: wow. Most striking to me is the sense of Poland being perpetually caught or stuck between major powers, and the effect that must have on the national psyche. Quite different from us living safely in Fortress North America.

  16. Poland was a major power itself for many centuries, especially when allied in a confederacy with Lithuania. They fought the Muslims (Ottoman Turks) for control over trade in central/northern Europe.

    Germany’s power came when a lot of its leaders had the foresight to eschew Catholic/Protetastant conflict and start pushing Germany/Prussia towards reunification – not the 1990 reunification but the ones that started with Frederick the Great in the 1700’s and Otto von Bismarck in the 1860’s. Their work caused the Germans to see themselves as a nation, instead of as just Saxons, Schwabisch, Rhinelanders,, whatever.

    All of that was a precursor to future German expansionism…

  17. This Brett Kavanaugh stuff is getting hilarious.

    The Democrats and snowflakes were able to push a major media kerfuffle and costly law enforcement investigation, in a case where the FBI came back with a fast chuckle and said “no corroborating evidence or witnesses for any of these claims”.

  18. “…getting hilarious.”

    The public seems to embrace hypothesizing whether this weepy Boy Scout wet his willy in the withered psychologess. We deserve better than to be sucked into this oiled pig fight. The continent’s dealings can only improve from here.

  19. — When you look at the details, it really drives home that you need popular support to run an insurgency.

    Yes, it’s impossible to have insurgency without popular support. The tragic flip side is that insurgency makes civilians fair-game for reprisals from the tactical point of view of the foreign occupant. Are reprisals on civilians a good idea strategically though? Depends. Cruelty can blow up in the enemy’s face by further steeling the insurgents’ and civilian resolve. The Wola Massacre was done on the second week of the Warsaw Uprising with exactly the goal of making the AK insurgents cry uncle. It had an opposite effect.

    When you push someone, even (especially) an animal, past his sanity point, he will take on a single-minded focus on destroying you no matter what it costs him. It’s a state of not giving a fuck any more. Similarly, the fire bombing of Dresden did little to slow down Germany’s final efforts at holding their ground on the Western Front.

    Also, Klimczak said in that translated text that his group executed 3,000 informants. There will always be dirtbags, opportunists, profiteers, cowards, scum, and traitors. There was one example in Klimczaks’ account of the 1939 campaign above. Patriotic spirit isn’t enough to keep certain individuals from aiding the enemy. There have to be consequences to betraying your side. I talked with someone in Warsaw who was involved in executing hits on informants. He said that it’s always hard because the target often pleads that he’s innocent, that it’s a misunderstanding. He said that even forty years later, he drank to forget those things.

    — When I consider this, I really can’t stop thinking that it’s old fogeys in the West who won’t admit the world has changed that are holding us back from rising up against our enemies.

    At this point, anyone under 50 who thinks that what they see around them in the USA, Canada, Western Europe isn’t enemy rule, is either delusional or an enemy. There was a generational failure. Geographic size, unprecedented power of the media in Boomers’ youth, prosperity.

    — How can the youth save their nation when their own parents and grandparents conspire against them?

    That’s more and more a thing of the past now.

    — There’s a recent stormer article I wanted to link to (site down right now) about a half dozen German boys getting hauled off by the state with their baseball bat and pellet gun for supposedly “conspiring to commit violence against migrants and officials” ect. Anglin makes a point about this

    Breivik wrote about that. When Norwegian boys banded together for protection from the Somalis and Pakistanis, police got involved in busting up “racist gangs.”

    If you have a non-White friend, by the way, he loves it that things are that way. I tell people to stop having black “friends.” They are not your friends. They are Value-Extraction Algorithms and you have the honey. Just tell him or her that you don’t believe in interracial marriage and you will relearn the meaning of “friendship.”

    — Quite different from us living safely in Fortress North America.

    Language is another big thing, in ethnic cohesion. Languages of the old empires — English, French, Spanish: everybody speaks them. With languages like Polish or Finnish, though, linguistic isolation creates a sense of togetherness.

  20. — When you push someone, even (especially) an animal, past his sanity point, he will take on a single-minded focus on destroying you no matter what it costs him.

    An indelible memory from my early 20s. Army days. A couple of guys from my squad and I are in marshy woods, kind of goofing around during downtime. We see a medium-sized black snake in the water and start fucking with it for laughs. No cruelty, just taunting it with sticks. The reptile was getting increasingly agitated and at one point slithered aggressively towards me. I kicked it and the snake flew several yards through the air and away from all of us. We figured that the creature is free to make a move toward safety. But the snake does the unexpected: coiled to strike, it rushes straight at me even though it was not in any way cornered.

    There was palpable single-minded KILL in its appearance. Snakes don’t have facial expressions or readable eyes, so I guess a mammal can pick up on a reptile’s homicidal aggression pheromones because it may well have been a crazed human being or a mad dog rushing at me. I noticed that it had a droplet of blood on its nostril. I kicked it through the air again, this time in an elevated state of adrenaline. The animal disappeared in vegetation and didn’t show itself again. I did not feel good about that.

  21. SBPDL has a story up about a young White man killed for his phone in Virginia, by two blacks.

    Joshua Grey was 23 and very handsome and his family too. But his mother had this to say:

    It didn’t get any easier with the people responsible behind bars either, ‘Their lives have been ruined. I can’t imagine what their families are going through. They’ve lost family members just as much as Josh,’ said Diane.

    The story is that he was lured into a trap in the classic internet commerce scam that they used to pull on Craigslist, as in Let’s meet here for a deal

  22. On the topic of cruelty to animals, anyone interested might want to check out the recent youtube by Black Pigeon Speaks with the title of

    Before you EAT ME, PLEASE CONSIDER…

    Black Pigeon is Canadian. This video is about commercial animal farming aka factory farming. It is at least in part, a response to White Advocates complaining about Koreans and other Asians, eating dogs and not just that but killing them painfully so that they taste better. Which awful practice is apparently totally just a slander, not just a myth. [*]

    His point is that we don’t have a leg to stand in, in criticizing them, in view of our own practices.

  23. * That feeling when you’re a dog in Korea and you never know if today is the day that Master wants you boiled alive because you taste better

  24. I am not advocating veganism or not killing animals, or anything sappy. Just the point that it’s not healthy to raise livestock in conditions taht are gross, and who wants to be part of that?

    I took a long drive through Dakota County today and it’s all built out. Twenty years ago it was farmland and now it’s the mall and ugly housing and the traffic.

    Sorry for the off topic.

  25. Poland was a major power itself for many centuries, especially when allied in a confederacy with Lithuania.

    Very interesting, I would like to hear more about that. You’ve got to think that all these peoples we never hear about in North America must have been relatively or regionally “great” powers, or else how did they survive into modernity?

  26. Poland entered into an alliance with Lithuania thru the marriage of Polish queen Jadwiga (who was originally Hungarian) with Grand Duke of Lithuania Jogaila (polonized into Władysław Jagiełło) in the late 1300s.

    The new Jagiellonian dynasty halted the Teutonic Knights’ expansion into northeastern Europe with a decisive victory in the Battle of Tannenberg (Bitwa pod Grunwaldem) in 1410. At the height of its territorial expansion in the early 1600s, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth stretched from the Baltic Sea almost to the Black Sea. The Commonwealth was by definition multi-ethnic, incorporating national groups such as Belorussians, Ukrainians, Moldavian, etc, who still occupy their respective lands.

    The partitions of Poland by Austro-Hungarian, Prussian, and Russian empires, which began in the late 1700s, removed the Polish state from the map of Europe until Poland regained its independence after WWI. The partitions are blamed on corrupt Polish nobles who made deals with competing empires out of distrust of their own kings’ centralized powers.

    What I think is providential is that Poland’s current (est. 1945) borders are very similar to its territorial boundaries under the country’s first king, Mieszko I. He united the Polanian tribes and was baptized in 966 AD, which is the official date for Poland’s founding.

  27. Another fact that is significant in an overview of Polish history is the early 20th century, when there was a rising wave of demand for independence. Two personalities emerged, representing their respective ideas for a new Polish state: Roman Dmowski, who wanted a smaller, ethnically homogeneous Catholic country, and Jozef Pilsudski, who had dreams of recreating the old multi-ethnic Commonwealth.

    The latter (Pilsudski) is known as the father of modern Poland. He was a larger-than-life figure and I’ve made superficial comparisons to Donald Trump in terms of personal charisma and big-thinking ambition of restoring former glories.

    He seized power in the final days of WWI, when Germany and Austria were reeling from their defeats. He became Poland’s head of state after the the Treaty of Versailles made Poland’s independence formal. He led Poland to victory in the 1920 Polish-Soviet War. The outcome of that war saved Germany from Soviet invasion and is said to have broken Lenin’s heart.

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