The Little Insurrectionist
The Little Insurrectionist Monument stands in front of the city wall of Warsaw’s Old Town. The monument is dedicated to the children who fell or were murdered during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The monument was unveiled on 1 October 1983.
The Little Insurgent Monument is dedicated to the children who took part in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
Just as you see the little boy with a machine gun, Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz, who was only 26 in 1945, processed the trauma of the uprising and the war. His student work from 1946 finally found its way into the public domain in 1983. He had said before his death that he would not erect the memorial in this form again. The unveiling of the memorial took place on 1 October 1983.
Children did not participate in the fighting with firearms during the Warsaw Uprising. Rather, they were used as postmen or ambulance helpers. Today, the memorial is often criticised for paying homage to the struggle for freedom regardless of children’s rights. What would people think of a monument of a little boy with a Kalashnikov today?
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