Warsaw Ghetto fighters 311.
(photo credit: Isaac Harari/Knesset)
Six Holocaust survivors and their families lit torches in commemoration of the
70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising at Beit Lohamei Hagetaot [the
Ghetto Fighters’ House] museum at Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot in the
The uprising was a monthlong battle by Jewish insurgents
launched in opposition to the final liquidation of the ghetto in April 1943,
during which time the sparsely armed Jews managed to hold off the Nazi forces
for a period almost as long as it took the German Wehrmacht to conquer all of
Speaking on Sunday evening at Yad Vashem, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu stated that the “mighty warriors” of the ghetto represented the
“spirit of the Macabees” and that the same sprit motivated the Israeli army,
“including many Holocaust survivors,” to defeat the “Arab armies that came to
destroy the State of Israel” in the 1948 War of Independence.
torch-lighters were Dr. Lucien Lazare, a former member of the French
underground; Aviva Blum Waks, the daughter of Warsaw Ghetto fighter Avraham
Blum; Semion Rozenfeld, a captured Red Army soldier who took part in an uprising
in the Sobibor concentration camp; Yehuda “Poldek” Maymon, a member of the
Polish resistance and a retired Israeli naval officer who was interned in
Auschwitz; Julian Zanoda, an Algerian Jew who at age 10 took part in the
underground revolt that facilitated the American invasion and prevented the
destruction of Algerian Jewry; and Shimon Zuckerman, the son of Yitzhak “Antek”
Zuckerman, one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and deputy to
underground commander Mordechai Anielewicz.
Founded by Holocaust
survivors in 1949, the Ghetto Fighters’ House bills itself as “the first
Holocaust museum in the world” in order to provide visitors “a unique
experience, going beyond the grief and horror in order to make evident Antek
Zukerman’s declaration in the first National Gathering for Holocaust and Heroism
Remembrance Day that took place on the Ghetto Fighters’ Kibbutz: ‘We came here
to build homes filled with life.’” The ceremony also included remarks by Finance
Minister Yair Lapid.