The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown Battle for Warsaw event in October was a very moving experience... The documentary film was extremely well done and gave all of us a much better education on the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. In fact, our guest, Cleveland resident and resistance fighter Halina Junak, asked for some time after the viewing before she spoke because she felt "she had just returned from Warsaw." Perhaps we should make the showing of movies are regularly scheduled event...

Junak shared with the group how she joined the fighting and was later disdained by some fellow Poles. She was imprisoned for her efforts too and for 10 years did not see her family. "I gave my youth for freedom," she said, "but would do it again because it is worth fighting for." In attendance was Youngstown resident and former WWII pilot Richard Ames. Ames was part of the US contingent that flew relief supplies in to provide aide to citizens of Warsaw during the Uprising. He had never met a person involved in the battle and was quite eager to find out whether his efforts were of any help. Unfortunately, the US and Russian aid efforts were deemed too little too late by historians and Pani Junak agreed. However, the two enjoyed some time discussing details of the effort and even compared their service medals.