Ghetto uprising monument in Warsaw 370.
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KRAKOW – The monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Heroes in Warsaw was
vandalized with the words “Jude raus” (“Jews out”) in graffiti Wednesday
Local police have launched an investigation but have already
announced that the lack of security cameras will make it difficult to identify
A company that specializes in removing graffiti was
employed to remove the anti- Semitic slogan.
The monument, located on
Mila Street, honors the leader of the uprising, Mordechai Anielewicz, and other
Jewish fighters. The graffiti was discovered at the foot of the stairs that lead
up to a plaque that commemorates a mass suicide of rebels, most of whom chose to
end their life rather than surrender to the Nazis.
The story of the
heroism and death of the Jewish fighters became one the most famous stories of
World War II.
The bunker at number 18 Mila Street was the main
headquarters of the Jewish resistance organization. The Jewish rebels used
tunnels dug under the ghetto to smuggle in food and weapons and they at first
managed to surprise the Nazi soldiers with the uprising. But three weeks after
the resistance began, on May 8, 1943, German troops returned to the bunker at 10
a.m and issued an ultimatum. To the 300 Jewish fighters that remained holed up,
the Germans said that those who left the bunker with their hands raised would be
allowed to live. The rebels, led by Anielewicz, refused to surrender. The Nazis
then threw tear gas into the bunker and many of the fighters decided to commit
suicide rather than surrender.
The resistance lasted four weeks and the
uprising officially ended on May 16, 1943, with the demolition of the Great
Synagogue of Warsaw.