"Heroes of the Ghetto monument - personal footnote" Monument to the Ghetto Heroes Tip by adin

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, Warsaw: 15 reviews and 25 photos

  Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto
by adin

I'm sure you could find all about this monument in history books and guidebooks. Reading and learning about the place you're about to visit is always a good practice.
Personal footnotes you'll not find:
The figure of the old, bearded man on the bottom-left hand side, holding the heavy stone, is of a real person who lived in the Jewish area before WW2. He was a porter and carried coal in winter and apples in the summer. He died in the ghetto during the war. My father remembers him from his childhood time, when chidren used to "help themselves" from his apple cart.

This is the original statue, made by Nathan Rapaport in 1948. The granite plates was brought from Germany, originally ordered by Hitler for his planned "third Reich" monument.
The copy of it is in Yad Va-Shem, the institute of the Holocaust in Jerusalem. On this copy the woman holding her child has her breast covered, unlike in the original. This was changed as a result of political-religious pressure in Israel.

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2005
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