Poland remembers Warsaw ghetto and its fighters

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israel’s ambassador to Poland opened a 3D show of Warsaw ghetto photos on Wednesday as part of observances marking the 70th anniversary of the ghetto’s ill-fated revolt against Nazi Germans.

The forty-eight pictures on show at Warsaw’s Fotoplastikon are images of people walking or begging in the streets, street vendors, and the Jewish cemetery. Most of them were taken between 1940, when the ghetto was set up, and 1945, when almost nothing remained of Warsaw’s Jewish district. Some of the images are very poignant, like the one of a boy searching for lice in his clothes.

Ambassador Zvi Rav Ner said the photos are proof of the immense suffering of the Jews and a warning against nationalist violence.

The 2D photos were supplied by the family of a Polish photographer and turned into stereoscopic images that, when viewed through binoculars, offer a 3D effect.

The show was organized by the Warsaw Rising Museum as part of observances marking the ghetto revolt anniversary. The 1944 Warsaw uprising was a separate city-wide revolt.

The ghetto uprising started on April 19, 1943, when a few hundred poorly armed Jews put up resistance to the German forces that were sending ghetto residents to death camps. The revolt was crushed in May and the ghetto was razed to the ground, its residents killed.

Earlier Wednesday, the lower house of parliament adopted a resolution honoring the ghetto victims and heroes. It “pays homage to the victims and heroes of the uprising whose courage and sacrifice have earned admiration, respect and the memory of generations that came after them.”

State observances will be led by President Bronislaw Komorowski on Friday.

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