The article discusses the problems of everyday social life mentioned in private letters written by civilians and soldiers of the uprising army during the struggle for Warsaw in August and September of 1944. During the Warsaw Uprising a letter became the basic means of social communication. In the brutally annihilated city people separated from their families and friends tried to find contacts through texts with basic information about their place of stay or questions about the fate of their relations and friends. A concise form of those letters was determined by the fact that they usually were written in a hurry, but also by the guidelines imposed by the uprising censorship. The latter regulated the size of letters and forbade writing information of military character that could be used by the Germans in case a letter was intercepted. Despite all those restrictions, however, the epistolographic material preserved to our times contains various information about everyday existence and material culture, and also the attitudes and reactions of both civilians and combatants. Due to the chaos of war operations and character of post-war victimisation of the underground army soldiers, the material that has been preserved is incomplete, making it impossible to reconstruct all the themes and subjects present in the correspondence and hampering the analysis of their contents. Nevertheless, the discussed correspondence is a great source for research into the social mentality and methods of organisations of everyday existence in the face of bloody street fighting in the ruined city.
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