At 12h, today, April 19th, Warsaw remembers the heroes of the Ghetto who fought against the horror of the nazis 79 years ago. Since 2018, the sirens are turned on, but this year the organizers and the City Hall wanted a minute of silence in respect for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees staying in the Capital, a wish not respected by the government. The president of Warsaw talked about “lack of empathy”.
“During 9 days, refugees from Ukraine, including over 100,000. children were exposed twice to the trauma of a sound linked to fear, approaching bombs, and death.
It’s a complete lack of empathy and imagination. As the Capital City of Warsaw, we strongly protest against it together with the POLIN Museum. ”
Read more about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising campaign by the POLIN Museum, click here.
On April 19th, 1943, on the eve of Passover, started the largest Jewish revolt, the Warsaw uprising.
The uprising started following the opposition by the Jewish resistance to surrender the SS- Brigadeführer Jürgen Stroop to be deported to Majdanek and Treblinka Camps.
The only surviving (Żydowska Organizacja Bojowa / Jewish Organisation Fighters (ŻOB)) commander Marek Edelman said that the motivation for fighting was “to pick the time and place of our deaths”.
Following the uprising, the SS- Brigadeführer Jürgen Stroop burned the ghetto, block by block, until May 16th.
13000 people died during these 4 weeks, 6,000 among them were burnt alive or died from smoke inhalation, 58000 people were deported to Majdanek and Treblinka Camps and the major part of them died.
A mural has been created at The Metro Centrum forecourt – The mural commemorates Tosia Altman, Feigele Peltel, Niuta Tajtelbaum, Szoszana Kossower, Mira Fuchrer, Rachela Zylberberg, Dorka Goldkorn, Irka Gelblum and Rywka Pasamonik.
A documentary to watch about the Warsaw Ghetto
A list of movies showing partial or complete sequences about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The Pianist from the eponym autobiography of the Warsaw pianist, Władysław Szpilman. By Roman Polanski (2002) with Adrian Brody
The Messenger – (Kurier) about the courier, spy and resistant Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (2019) by Władysław Pasikowski
Miasto 44 by Jan Komasa (2014)
Jacob the Liar by Peter Kassovitz (1979) with Robbin Williams
Run Boy Run by Pepe Danquart (2014)
A Generation (Pokolenie) (1955), Smason (1961) and Holy Week (1965) by Andrzej Wajda
Uprising by Jon Avnet
Border Street by Aleksander Ford
Resistance: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Israel Gutman
Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto by Moshe Arens
28 Days: A Novel of Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto by David Safier
The Bravest Battle: The Twenty-eight Days Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Dan Kurzman
Mila 18 by Leon Uris
The Wall by John Hersey
The Survivor by Jack P. Eisner