Bieden honors memory of 1943 Warsaw ghetto fighters

Biden honours memory of 1943 Warsaw ghetto fighters
(AFP) – 21 hours ago
WARSAW — US Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday paid tribute to Jewish fighters who battled Nazi Germany in the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, which has come to symbolise courage against overwhelming odds.
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US Vice President Joe Biden (L) pays his respect in front of the Ghetto monument in Warsaw Flanked by a Polish army honour guard, Biden solemnly laid a wreath at the foot of the imposing monument unveiled in 1948 near the site of the fighters' last stand in their ill-fated revolt.
The wreath of red, white and blue flowers -- the colours of the US flag -- bore a ribbon reading "In Memory of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising".
Biden then stood with his right hand over his heart as a bugler played a salute, before a choir of children sang a Jewish song and he spoke with dignitaries including Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich.
After invading Poland in 1939, Nazi Germany isolated Polish Jews inside ghettos across the country, before beginning their systematic campaign of mass murder in the Holocaust.
At its height, around 450,000 people were crammed into the walled Warsaw ghetto, including Jews brought from other European nations. About 100,000 died inside from starvation and disease. Most of the rest were sent to the Treblinka death camp in northeast Poland in mass deportations in 1942.
A handful of Jewish paramilitary groups, mostly made up of people in their teens and twenties, were formed in the Warsaw ghetto.
The poorly armed fighters first clashed with Nazi troops on January 18-22, 1943, managing to hinder the deportations.
On April 19, the Nazis began liquidating the ghetto, where just 60,000 people remained, and the fighters rose up again.
"We knew perfectly well that there was no way we could win. It was a symbol of the fight for freedom. A symbol of standing up to Nazism, and of not giving in," the uprising's last commander, Marek Edelman, told AFP in a 2008 interview. Edelman died in Warsaw on October 2 aged 90.
The insurrection lasted three weeks, until the Nazis razed the ghetto, killing and deporting the vast majority of those who had been unable to flee.
Biden arrived in Poland late Tuesday .
Years later when it makes no difference.

Sixty years from now, maybe an American leader might be laying a wreath at a memorial for the people who are dying today under similar circumstances as the Waraw Ghetto: (external - login to view)


Years later when it makes no difference.

Ohhh? like what ,like it's not happening now ??????/


circumstances as the Waraw Ghetto:

That's Warsaw Ghetto.
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...The other voice was that of Marek Edelman, who was deputy commander of the historic Warsaw ghetto uprising of the Jews against the Nazis in 1943.

Now in his 80s, Mr Edelman wrote a letter early this month to Palestinian leaders. Though the letter criticised the suicide bombers, its tone infuriated the Israeli government and its press. He wrote in a spirit of solidarity from a fellow resistance fighter, as a former leader of a Jewish uprising not dissimilar in desperation to the Palestinian uprising in the occupied territories. He addressed his letter to "commanders of the Palestinian military, paramilitary and partisan operations - to all the soldiers of the Palestinian fighting organisations"....

Paul Foot: Palestine's partisans | World news | The Guardian (external - login to view)

Edelman knew exactly what the Warsaw Ghetto was like.
Marek Edelman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)

He protested Israeli policy towards the Palestinians and voiced resentment at the official Zionist establishment for turning commemorations of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising into pro-Israeli events. His 2002 letter indicates which side in this conflict are the true inheritors of the spirit of the Warsaw Ghetto fighters.

1.5 million people confined to a ghetto and denied food, medicine, clean drinking water, sanitation systems because of who they are. Must have sounded familar.

The Warsaw Ghetto Jews resisted injustice and oppression with violence and they are treated like heros. Palestinians do exactly the same thing for the same reason and are treated like terrorists.

The Gaza Ghetto Uprising By Joseph Massad (external - login to view)
January 5, 2009

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