Saturday July 21, 2012

WARSAW, Poland -- Organizers of a Madonna concert in the Polish capital have agreed to a request from city officials to start the show with a brief clip about the Warsaw Uprising, the 1944 revolt against Nazi rule, in a nod to war veterans.

Some veterans and young Catholics have voiced anger that the Aug. 1 concert falls on the 68th anniversary of the uprising.

The 63-day rebellion ended in the deaths of up to 200,000 Poles and the destruction of the city.

Every year, the anniversary is marked with somber commemorations.

City officials proposed airing a clip about the revolt to allay the veterans’ feelings.

Ania Pietrzak, a spokeswoman for concert organizer Live Nation, said that organizers had agreed.

"It is an important moment in Polish history, so we have decided to remind people of that moment," she said.

Poland is a largely Roman Catholic country where some people object to what they consider Madonna’s sacrilegious use of Christian imagery.