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Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, Warsaw: 15 reviews and 25 photos
Designed by Natan Rapaport and funded by Jewish organisations, this dramatic work of art pays tribute to the heroic battle of about a thousand Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto against the much more numerous Nazi forces. Unveiled amidst the ruins of the ghetto on 19.04.1948 on the 5th anniversary of the uprising, the monument has a sculpture of the fighters on one side and, on the other side, a bas-relief showing those they were fighting for - the thousands of helpless terrified ordinary Jewish people, young mothers with their children, old men and women, all starving, plagued by disease and awaiting death in the terrible conditions of the Warsaw Ghetto.
By the time of the uprising the Nazis had already 'disposed of' 300,000 of the Warsaw Jewish population, sending them to gas chambers in concentration or extermination camps. Many had died in the ghetto itself. Only 70,000 remained but the Nazis planned to deport them as well. When the police entered the Ghetto in the early hours of 19 April 1943, they met with unexpected resistance. Badly armed, undernourished and greatly outnumbered by Nazi troops under the command of general SS Jurgen Stroop, the insurgents still fought fiercely for over a month. Even when their commander Mordechaj Anielewicz and other leaders of the uprising committed suicide having been surrounded by the Nazis in their bunker in Mila St (now Dubois 18), the fighting continued. In retaliation, the Nazis blew up the synagogue in Tlomackie St and razed the whole area of the ghetto to the ground, except three churches, a parsonage and the Pawiak prison. The remaining prisoners of the ghetto were killed either there and then or sent to extermination camps. The uprising was over. May this monument honour the memory of those who had the courage to rise up and fight for their and other people's lives in those tragic days of spring 1943.
Address: Zamenhofa St.
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