Day 27: Warsaw – Uprising

by Zack on August 31, 2010

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”. Captured Jews are led by German soldiers to the assembly point for deportation. The woman at the head of the column, on the left, is Yehudit Neyer (born Tolub). She is holding onto the right arm of her mother-in-law. The child is the daughter of Yehudit and Avraham Neyer, who can be seen to the girl’s left. Avraham was a member of the Bund. Of the four, only Avraham survived the war. He currently lives in Israel. Picture taken at Nowolipie street looking East, near intersection with Smocza street. On the right townhouse at Nowolipie 63 further the ghetto wall with a gate. On the left burning balcony of the townhouse Nowolipie 66.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943 was the single largest revolt of Jewish prisoners during the entirety of World War II. And it is an event that still lingers in Warsaw today.

We visited the site of the Ghetto and several monuments that commemorate those who fought and those who fell – about 1,000 in total. The insurgents took to the sewers, largely, to base their operation. In the end, the Nazi’s destroyed the underground tunnels, and many were trapped and killed.

While these events were obviously post-Journey for Joseph, it’s tough to ignore the legacy of Nazism in Warsaw – over 80% of the city was burned and destroyed by the Germans. And, as I’m sure you are now aware, the Jewish population was extinguished as well.

There remains a small Jewish population in the city. Organizations and institutes have been established to sort through the Jewish history of the city. And in 2012 a museum will open to celebrate and examine Jewish historical life in Poland.

The museum, as it should be, will stand in the center of the former ghetto, near the spot of the uprisings origins.

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