"Ten Steps - Warsaw Memorial 1944" is an artistic project of the Institute of National Remembrance and the "Sztafeta" Foundation commemorating the fate of the civilian population of the capital during the Warsaw Uprising. The album is composed of 10 songs, each of which has been inspired by an authentic story.
The album was made to honour the suffering and sacrifice of the civilian population of Poland’s capital during the Warsaw Uprising. The testimonies of witnesses of those tragic times, recorded by the employees of the National Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance, were the inspiration behind the lyrics of the songs. The album entitled „Dziesięć kroków – Memoriał warszawski 1944” [Ten Steps. The Warsaw Memorial 1944 ] is an artistic expression of the traumatic personal experiences of war and deportation presented through music.
Each of the songs is placed in a historical context and based upon an individual story presenting the memories of one of the participants of the Warsaw Uprising. The songs depict their experiences and emotions.
The author of the lyrics is Anna Żochowska, the music was composed by Dariusz Budkiewicz, and the performers are, among others, Ewa Dałkowska, Dariusz Kowalski and young graduates of PWST Weronika Kowalska, Marcin Januszkiewicz, and Małgorzata Walenda. Małgorzata Hutek and Marek Piekarczyk were also invited to participate in the project.
The album, produced by the Institute of National Remembrance, has the patronage of Program III of the Polish Radio.