On the anniversary of resistance hero Kazimierz Moczarski being incarcerated with Jurgen Stroop, the man who hunted down and quashed the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, TFN’s Alex Webber looks back at the incredible story of their shared confinement and the book that emerged exploring what “led certain Germans to become genocidal killers.”
Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, daffodils have become synonymous with the beginning of spring. But in Poland, they have yet another meaning - the commemoration of the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The awareness that the Germans were striving for the total extermination of Jews changed the character of Jewish resistance. Under no illusions about what the Germans were planning to do to them, ghetto residents began to build tunnels, bunkers and shelters. In total, about a thousand poorly armed insurgents took part in the fighting. Set against them were more than two thousand Wehrmacht, SS and Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Latvian auxiliary units with armoured vehicles and artillery.
The Polish Embassy told reporter Andrea Mitchell: “The 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a heroic act against the German Nazis who established the ghetto & carried out the #Holocaust.”
Born on January 1, 1918 Edelman fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Warsaw Uprising and went on to be a prominent anti-racism campaigner.
Simcha Rotem fought against the German Nazis in 43 and would later fight in the Warsaw Uprising.