Pałacyk Michla

Pałacyk Michla (Micha's Palace) is a 1944 song by poet and insurgent Józef Szczepański. Written during the Warsaw Uprising, it is one of his best known songs.[1]

During the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 the Michler's Palace in Warsaw was a site of intense fighting around August 4 and 5 involving the Parasol Battalion insurgent unit.[2] Insurgent poet Józef Szczepański, a member of the Parasol unit,[3] wrote a song (Pałacyk Michla) about those events, performing it in its vicinity on the evening of August 4.[4][5] The song, published shortly afterward in an insurgent newspaper, quickly gained popularity among the partisans, was performed for them by a popular singer Mieczysław Fogg, and later, became known in the entire Poland.[4][6][1] On the next day the Germans captured the building, which, damaged in the fighting, was demolished shortly after.[2] The song has been called Szczepański's most famous song.[1]

The song's tune was based on an earlier, pre-war Polish song "Nie damy Popradowej fali". That tune has been authored by the Slovak composer Jan Šťastný.[7][8][1]


  1. ^ a b c d Redakcja (2008-08-01). "Bard "Parasola"". Dziennik Polski (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  2. ^ a b Czechowski, Paweł. "Pałacyk Michla: bohaterski opór oddziału "Gryfa"". Histmag (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  3. ^ Michael Moran (2 June 2011). A Country In The Moon: Travels In Search Of The Heart Of Poland. Granta Publications. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-84708-493-4.
  4. ^ a b Majewski, Jerzy S. (10 May 2007). "Od pałacyku Michla na Kercelak". Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  5. ^ Majewski, Jerzy S. (31 July 2013). "O czym naprawdę jest najpopularniejsza powstańcza piosenka?". (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  6. ^ "World War 2: Warsaw Uprising :: Songs". Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  7. ^ Robert Allen Rothstein (2008). Two Words to the Wise: Reflections on Polish Language, Literature, and Folklore. Slavica Publishers. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-89357-361-4.
  8. ^ Łobodziński, Filip. "Rosną czy runą". (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-11-15.

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