Polish Parliament Marks Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Poland's parliament on Wednesday paid tribute to the fighters of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, amid a host of events marking the 70th anniversary this week.
Parliament Speaker Ewa Kopacz remembered the hundreds of poorly armed Jews who rose up in Europe's urban anti-Nazi revolt and whose "heroism and sacrifice deserves our respect and admiration", AFP reported.
Around 7,000 Jews died in the month-long revolt, most of them burned alive, and more than 50,000 were deported to the Treblinka death camp.
The Germans then razed the ghetto, and the notoriously brutal German commander Juergen Stroop penned a report entitled "The Jewish Quarter of Warsaw is No More!"
Poland's Institute of National Remembrance on Wednesday showcased one of the two original copies of the report, which "documents the entire process of exterminating the Warsaw ghetto Jews", institute director Rafal Leskiewicz said.
Warsaw will hold an official memorial ceremony on Friday, the anniversary of the start of the uprising, at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, European Parliament chief Martin Schulz and Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron will attend the event alongside Holocaust survivors.
Also expected is one of the revolt's last surviving fighters, 89-year-old Symcha "Kazik" Rotem, who along with several dozen comrades managed to escape through the sewers.
Other anniversary events include a midnight concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.