Yesterday at 1.30, Vice President Klimecki was arrested. The reason for this was for the shooting of two German soldiers on the farms who were civilian (only wearing armbands). When Vice President Klimecki expressed the opinion that they could have been shot by other German soldiers by accident - he was arrested for "insulting the army."
Hitler is obviously intensifying the siege to crack down on us. He is unwilling to wait for hunger and the misery of civilians to force them to raise the white flag. He has no time to spare. He promised his people "Blitzkrieg" and conquest of Poland in two weeks. And now here we are, at the end of the third week of murderous fights, and Warsaw is still standing. Modlin is also bravely defended. Hel is still in our hands, as well as many other pockets of resistance.
Hitler visited the Westerplatte and boarded the Schleswig-Holstein, which had fired the first shots in the war against Poland. The crew lined up in parade formation and the Führer, relishing his new role as victorious military commander, solemnly stepped up to review them. Afterwards, Hitler proceeded to Gdingen (now called Gotenhafen) and reviewed the troops lined up in parade formation here, too. Göring joined Hitler at this point. Together they toured the combat area in the proximity of Oxhoeft.
Warsaw is still holding up. Poles fight fiercely. Since there's no more error, the defence seems to intensify, no matter how hopeless. Stefan Starzyński and Lipiński are becoming heroes. What a rich material for a philosopher to consider. Starzyński, an average man in times of peace, revealed a number of admirable qualities during the war. In all his mediocrity, he was one of the best people of the regime, hardworking and honest. He had great merits as the mayor of Warsaw. Average intelligence, a lot of initiative, diligence – these are the main features of his personality.
The political situation of the Polish government in Siana has not been clarified. There is news that German troops invaded the Warsaw districts of Praga and Wola. The Germans say the battle around Warsaw-Kutno is the largest in this war. There are many victims on both sides. The Germans allegedly took 120,000 prisoners.
It's getting more and more crowded in Siana. Groups of Poles are arriving. Despite constant attempts, neither deputy minister Morawski nor counselor Sadkowski can leave. Minister Beck tried to go to Bucharest, but he was not allowed.
Morning at the office. I arranged for the text of the proclamation to the Jews to be translated. I was with Colonel Eile discussing allowances for members of the Board of the Commune. A relatively calm day. How will the night be? In the morning, a bomb at Station XI, where Jaś and I are. The night is difficult, bullets hit our school.
An endless line of private cars and buses left the embassies in the direction of Radzymin. Poles managed to provide buses for those who do not have cars! De Laval’s and Widéna’s cars failed to withstand the overload, they have already left. Fortunately, some Swedes received a seat in the buses - although it was not initially planned.
We heard the fighting last night and during the night. You hear the attacks on Annopol, Bródno, and Saska Kępa. All these enemy attacks combined with very strong artillery fire, very strong attacks, were completely repelled. The enemy bled, its efforts were in vain. During the day, very strong artillery preparations also continued throughout the Praga section. On the western section, as we know, the Warsaw defense ring has been extended. We went out here a few kilometres forward and today the enemy tried to oust us from these new positions. There was fierce fighting there, but all of the enemy's attempts to push us back were unsuccessful. One of the battalion's commanders, Major Bronisław Kamiński, was killed in these fights today. He gave orders until the last minute, despite being hit by several bullets. The army is fighting every day, every hour and Warsaw helps it immensely with its morale, its solidarity. But there is still a lot to do here.
The commander of Warsaw [J. Rommel] is leading us around by the nose; through these tricks he obtains several hours each day in which he can move forces, stock up on ammunition and do whatever else he wants.
The daily activities of the emissaries, together with orders which declare the campaign in Poland over, have depressed the offensive spirit of the forces in the field. See more
The order concerning the evacuation arrived in the evening, bringing only limited improvements; still no decision on the attack on Warsaw. The political reason is said to be a meeting of Congress in America! The diplomats from Warsaw came out. I am anxious to see what new back doors the Poles will find.
I'm pessimistic about 3rd Army's attack on Warsaw. One can't attack well while looking over his shoulder; but if it is to attack, then let it be very soon!