Collector’s coin commemorates WWII massacres in Warsaw

The National Bank of Poland has issued a collector’s coin to commemorate the victims of two massacres in Warsaw during the WWII occupation of the city by German Nazis.

The silver PLN 10 coin depicts the kneeling figure of a woman symbolizing the victims of the killings and, behind her, two male silhouettes, symbolizing the killers.

The Massacre

Warsaw, capital of Poland, in January 1945
Warsaw, capital of Poland, in January 1945

The Wola massacre was a systematic massacre of 40,000 to 50,000 people in the western Warsaw district by German Nazi troops during the early phase of the Warsaw Uprising , which started on 1 August.

Between 5 and 12 August 1944 tens of thousands of Polish civilians along with captured Home Army resistance fighters were systematically murdered in organised mass executions.

It is estimated that up to 10,000 civilians were killed in the Wola district on 5 August alone, the first day of the operation.

Most of the victims were the elderly, women and children.

Meanwhile, around 10,000 were slaughtered in the Polish capital’s Ochota’s district in August 1944.

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