Racist graffiti found on Warsaw Ghetto Monument

Local police have launched an investigation but have already announced that the lack of security cameras will make it difficult to identify the perpetrators.

By NISSAN TZUR JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
June 22, 2013 22:21
1 minute read.
Ghetto uprising monument in Warsaw.

Ghetto uprising monument in Warsaw 370. (photo credit: wikimedia commons)

KRAKOW – The monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Heroes in Warsaw was vandalized with the words “Jude raus” (“Jews out”) in graffiti Wednesday night.

Local police have launched an investigation but have already announced that the lack of security cameras will make it difficult to identify the perpetrators.

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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.


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