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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Poland Marks Ghetto Uprising Anniversary

Two of the uprisings in Germany occupied Europe during WW2 were in Warsaw. This was the first.
WARSAW, Poland Apr 19, 2005 — A leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising warned the world Tuesday not to forget Polish Jews' historic resistance to their Nazi conquerors on the 62nd anniversary of the fight.

Former Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, 83, who was a member of a Polish organization assisting the Jews during the war, said the fighters surprised the Nazis, who did not expect any resistance.

"The Jews showed the world they were able to fight for their freedom and they were admired for it," he said.

The insurgents opted to fight their captors in the face of Nazi plans to exterminate the tens of thousands of Jews remaining in the ghetto, where Nazis had crowded more than 400,000 people in November 1940. The residents, outnumbered and outgunned, held off German troops for three weeks with homemade explosives and a cache of smuggled weapons.

Most of fighters were killed and the Nazis burned down the Ghetto street by street.
I've just taken out excerpts from the article. Take a look, the monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto Uprising looks pretty amazing.

When I was a teenager I read Mila 19 by Leon Uris (I think, don't feel like looking it up :P), a fictional account of the uprising. I have this memory of doing a really bad english exam and sitting in the library reading this book, and not taking anything in. Luckily later I went back and reread it.

And from HAARETZ.com
WELLINGTON - New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, still awaiting an official apology from Israel for sending alleged Mossad secret service agents there to obtain a forged passport, will visit two Jewish monuments on her coming trip to Poland and Germany.

Clark will arrive in Warsaw tonight for an official visit in which she will hold talks with her counterpart, Marek Belka, and open New Zealand's first embassy in Warsaw.

After flying to Krakow on Friday she will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and lay flowers at two sites.
I wonder if Helen will pontificate on the Evils of War again?

Posted by Lucia Maria | 4/20/2005 01:55:00 pm


Anonymous Mike Readman said...

I hope with her visit she'll do a 180 degree turn around and start fighting for freedom herself (she doesn't even have to fight too hard, she's PM). Anyway, I'm one-quarter Polish and am still fighting for freedom.

4/21/2005 01:10:00 am  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Cool, Mike. Did your grandparent come out to NZ after WW2?

4/21/2005 05:21:00 pm  

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