By 1944 Poland had been occupied by Nazi Germany for almost five years. Tensions mounted in the capital city with the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943. The cruel end of the Jewish ghetto and the destruction of the district didn’t bring lasting peace as in 1944 the Warsaw General Uprising began.
Without the help of the nearby Soviet Red Army, German troops managed to bring down the insurgents the order the came: “Warsaw has to be leveled to the ground in order to set a terrifying example to the rest of Europe.”
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