In August 1944 Warsaw was still under German fire. Prudential, the tallest skyscraper in pre-war Poland, was built between 1931 and 1933 in the Art Deco style. At the time of construction it was the third tallest skyscraper in Europe. It was hit by a 2-ton German missile during the Warsaw Uprising, on August 28th, 76 years ago.
The building was in the Insurgents hands from August 1st, taken over by soldiers of the “Kiliński” battalion. The soldiers hung the Polish flag on the top, and the Homy Army (AK – Armia Krajowa) observation point was set up on the upper floors.
The building was heavily damaged, but survived the bombing and rebuilt after the war. We know it nowadays as Hotel Warszawa. It is located on Warsaw Uprising Square, along Świętokrzyska street.
The picture is probably one of the most famous photos of World War II.
The 63-day uprising was the largest effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II. Hundreds of thousands of people died during the fighting without any outside support. Poland’s capital was almost completely destroyed.
Picture: Sylwester “Kris” Braun
Colorisation: Mikołaj Kaczmarek Kolor Historii