Madonna airs 1944 Warsaw Uprising clip amid concert row
WARSAW (AFP) - United States (US) pop star Madonna aired a World War II-era newsreel on the 1944 anti-Nazi Warsaw Uprising at the top of her Wednesday gig in the city marking the day 68 years ago when the bloody insurrection was launched.
Thousands of fans applauded the two-and-a-half minute long film which ran as the concert got underway with nearly an hour's delay, the Polish PAP news agency reported.
Warsaw city hall requested the singer air the clip in the wake of an online petition against her concert by a group of young Catholics furious it would coincide with the Polish capital's annual World War II commemoration of the doomed uprising against the city's Nazi's occupiers.
As of Wednesday, the petition had gathered 54,000 supporters for the Material Girl's concert to be called off out of respect for the estimated 200,000 people who died in the 63-day uprising by Polish partisans.