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Friday, December 10, 2004

Lessons from Warsaw's Past

In keeping with the Polish focus on this website, I'm posting a link to this article about a 6-page diary found from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The most telling passage is her last:

The only thing we are left with is our hiding place. Of course this will not be a safe place for very long.

If any of you don't know about the uprising in Warsaw's Jewish Ghetto in 1943, I suggest you bone up on your WWII history. Long story short, is this:

On April 19, 1943, the Warsaw ghetto uprising began after German troops and police entered the ghetto to deport its surviving inhabitants. Seven hundred and fifty fighters fought the heavily armed and well-trained Germans. The ghetto fighters were able to hold out for nearly a month, but on May 16, 1943, the revolt ended. The Germans had slowly crushed the resistance. Of the more than 56,000 Jews captured, about 7,000 were shot, and the remainder were deported to killing centers or concentration camps. Link here.

Nigdy więcej wojny.


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