Poland commemorates 70th anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski will lead state observances on April 19 2013 marking the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the most important episode of Jewish resistance to Nazis during World War 2.

An official ceremony with the participation of Israeli President Shimon Peres and European Parliament President Martin Schulz will be held at the newly opened at the Monument to the Ghetto House Heroes Friday morning, as part of a month-long programme of tributes to the hundreds of Jewish fighters who resisted the Nazis in 1943 as part of a doomed revolt.

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( Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – Photo from Jürgen Stroop Report to Heinrich Himmler from May 1943. The original German caption reads: “Forcibly pulled out of dug-outs”. One of the most famous pictures of World War 2. People identified in the picture:

Identity of the boy in the front was not confirmed, but is possibly Artur Dab Siemiatek, Levi Zelinwarger (next to his mother, Chana Zelinwarger) or Tsvi Nussbaum.

Hanka Lamet – small girl on the left

Matylda Lamet Goldfinger – Hanka’s mother next to her (second from the left)

Leo Kartuziński – teenaged boy in the background with white bag on his shoulder

Golda Stavarowski – in the background, first woman from the right, with one hand raised

Josef Blösche – SS man with gun, was executed in 1969)