Haha. The title is a pun. Does anyone know what the Warsaw Pact is? In case you ditched class that day (Kathy), it was the alliance of the Soviet Union with its satellite states, including Poland. Signed in 1955, the purpose of the Warsaw Pact was to defend its member states against the US and Europe, which had its own alliance, NATO. The Warsaw Pact dissolved in 1991 and Poland has been a member of NATO since 1999. I imagine that rankles a certain somebody in Moscow. 🙂
Warsaw, Poland’s capital, is a lovely city set along the Vistula River. It is famous for producing at least three geniuses: Chopin, Marie Curie and Copernicus. It is also famous for having been almost completely destroyed by Hitler’s war machine after the people of the city rose up against the Nazis in 1943. By then, the Nazis had exterminated more than 300,000 Warsaw residents. In the first days of the Warsaw Uprising, the Nazis killed more than 60,000 Poles. This historical period is depicted in the excellent movie, “The Pianist,” based on a true story.
Incredibly, after the war, the people of Warsaw completely rebuilt the city, including a replica of Old Town as it was in the 18th century. Since there were no photographs from that time, architects studied paintings. You would not guess most of the city was built after 1960. Tourists love it and Old Town is as busy as Disneyland.
Warsaw packed? I came up with this terrible pun zipping up my suit case. I am on my way to New York City.