Mary remembers a young lieutenant wearing a heavy helmet who died fighting heroically on Brzozowa Street. She offers two candles in memory of him and encourages passers-by to do the same.

(Fr. Jan Twardowski, Matka Boska Or-Ota)

Brzozowa Street in Warsaw was the scene of a particularly bloody battle during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. In all, two hundred thousand Poles gave up their lives during the Uprising, endeavoring to free their city from Nazi occupiers.

 In the background of this painting, the artist details the street, complete with houses, house number, cats, pigeons, and the domestic hollyhock. The tragic-faced Madonna blesses the dying soldier who wears the colors of Poland on his arm. Butterflies, sign of the Resurrection, fly around his head.

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