Polish lawmakers honor memory of 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising fighters

Polish lawmakers honored the memory of the more than 200 young Jewish fighters Friday who led the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi soldiers in 1943. In its resolution, the lower house of Poland's parliament said the ghetto fighters were defending human dignity. Lawmakers paid homage to "all the victims and heroes of the uprising, whose sacrifice merits the highest admiration, respect and memory." Poland will hold national observances of the 65th anniversary of the event April 15 with international dignitaries, including Israeli President Shimon Peres and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff scheduled to attend. Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the uprising, will lay flowers at the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto on April 19, the actual anniversary of the uprising's beginning. State ceremonies are being held earlier because the 19th falls on the sabbath.