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Insight into Polish Uprising
August 29, 2014   
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The Polish uprising against the Russian empire 150 years ago is commemorated in a new exhibition at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

After a series of three partitions by its neighbors in the second half of the 18th century, Poland lost its status as a sovereign country. On Jan. 22, 1863, a rebellion against the Russian czar broke out. The Polish attempt at regaining independence became known as the January Uprising, with a total of 6,000 Polish insurgents standing up against 14,000 Russian army soldiers. The uprising failed and its last commander, Romuald Traugutt, was sentenced to death and hanged Aug. 5, 1864.

The exhibition at the Royal Castle marks 150 years since the execution. Entitled The January Uprising in the Foreign Press, it is a joint project by the Royal Castle and the National Culture Center and comprises over 250 original illustrations printed in foreign newspapers 1860-1868. The items come from the collection of Krzysztof Kur, a tenor and soloist at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and the director of the Romuald Traugutt Philharmonic in Warsaw. Visitors to the exhibition can see bound volumes and single copies of newspapers published during the January Uprising. The drawings depict scenes from before the uprising, such as patriotic demonstrations in 1860-1862, images of skirmishes and battles and of people’s daily routines during the rebellion. In addition to several dozen front pages of different European newspapers from 1860-68, the exhibition includes satirical cartoons printed in French and English newspapers lampooning European diplomats’ inept negotiations related to the Polish uprising.

Until Oct. 15; Royal Castle in Warsaw, 1 Zamkowy Sq.
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