Bialystok commemorates 75th anniversary of Ghetto extermination

The northeastern Polish city of Bialystok held commemorations on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the deportation process from the Bialystok Ghetto.

The 'liquidation' of the Ghetto started in the early morning hours of February 5, 1943, with the transportation of inhabitants to the Treblinka death camp. According to historians, Nazi German forces transported 10,000-12,000 Jews to death camps and killed 2,000 in the city.

Monday's commemorations were intended to remind people where the Bialystok Ghetto had stood. Therefore, events started with gatherings in the two places where the Ghetto gates were located, where brief Klezmer musical concerts were held. Attendees were also offered information about what happened at the Ghetto in February 1943.

Following the gatherings, around 100 participants passed by the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto Uprising. Wreaths and flowers were laid by representatives of national and local government as well as political parties. A list of victims of the liquidation was read out along with fragments of the memoires of a young Jew, Dawid Szpiro, describing life in the Ghetto.