Warsaw Ghetto

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Pandemic Changes Warsaw Remembrance

Virtual visits on 77th anniversary of ghetto uprising move online

(Newser) - Sirens wailed and Jewish prayers were said for the heroes of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising, but the annual memorial observances were scaled down Sunday and moved to the internet because of the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing, the AP reports. Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich,... More »

What the Nazis Destroyed in 1943 Reappears for 2 Hours

The Great Synagogue of Warsaw is recreated with light

(Newser) - The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was destroyed by German forces during World War II, made a brief reappearance as an apparition of light during commemorations for the Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Light was projected Thursday night onto the modern glass building in the place where the synagogue used to... More »

Famed Nazi Fighter Dead at 94

Simcha Rotem was among last survivors of the Warsaw ghetto uprising

(Newser) - Simcha Rotem, a Holocaust survivor who was among the last Jewish fighters from the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, has died. He was 94. Rotem, who went by "Kazik," took part in the single greatest act of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust, reports the AP . Though guaranteed to fail,... More »

He Spent His Life Assuming His Brother Died in WWII. He Didn't

Eliahu Pietruszka, 102, met the nephew he never knew he had on Thursday

(Newser) - Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home Thursday toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Only days earlier, the Holocaust survivor who thought his entire family had perished in WWII learned that a younger brother had... More »

Praying Hitler Rattles Former Warsaw Ghetto

Statue by Maurizio Cattelan not embraced by all

(Newser) - No chance of this one not being controversial: A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees has been installed in the former Warsaw Ghetto, reports the AP . Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan's work can only be viewed from afar, by peering through a hole in a wooden gate. What,... More »

Film Rips Apart Nazis' Posh Depiction of Warsaw Ghetto

Yael Hersonski takes on Das Ghetto

(Newser) - A stunning new documentary goes into limited release today, taking a different and absorbing look at the Holocaust. Dubbed A Film Unfinished, the piece, from Israeli director Yael Hersonski, revolves around a never-completed German propaganda film called “Das Ghetto.” Shot in 1942, the silent film contrasted Jews living... More »

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