Poland debates adding 2010 crash victims to WWII observances

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Veterans of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and city authorities have taken steps to prevent the names of victims of the 2010 presidential plane crash from being read out during the upcoming anniversary observances of the revolt against German occupation.

The controversy stems from a decision last fall by Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz intended to commemorate the late President Lech Kaczynski, twin brother of the now-ruling party's leader. Macierewicz wants the names of Kaczynski and the 95 others who died in the 2010 crash read out by an army officer at every state ceremony.

However, in a letter to Macierewicz Monday the veterans of Warsaw's ill-fated revolt sought to have only the names of the fallen fighters read at various observances of the Aug.1 anniversary.