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The year 2014 is the 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising and we would like to mark it by the premiere of the symphonic opera Powstanie composed by an English-born Canadian musician Steeve Chwojko, who created this musical art piece to revive memory of this, forgotten for many years, heroic act of the Poles.

Norman Davies, a British writer, wrote: "In August of 1944 Western allies expresses regret when tens of thousand of defenceless civilians were slaughtered by SS and Wehrmacht - but did nothing, because the future of Poland was already sealed" (by the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact - victims of which are being commemorated in Canada by the Black Ribbon Day).

Davies wrote: "although the Ghetto Uprising of 1943 is often confused with Warsaw Rising in 1944, the last one was a pivotal moment in the outcome of the Second World War."

As a symbol of the struggle For Freedom in many oppressed countries around the world, we wish to commemorate the Warsaw Uprising and to turn the public attention to those "sixty three days of battle" by realizing the world premiere of Powstanie in Canada, where many Poles alongside with others immigrants, found their new homeland.

Powstanie, written for symphony orchestra, chorus and solo voices, is a very strong and emotional piece of music which would not only save memory of this historical event for posterity and put Canadian artist on the world's stage, but also give recognition to Canadian politicians as those who stand against the totalitarian regimes all over the globe.

ECHO - European Canadian Heritage Origin Research Institute,