Polish President Leads Ceremonies to Warsaw Ghetto Fighters

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 5:25 PM

President Andrzej Duda led the ceremonies on the seventy-third anniversary of the start of the uprising, April nineteen, one thousand nine hundred forty-three. The fighters were crushed by the overwhelming forces of the German army, but they died as they chose: arms-in-hand.

Poland'south president on Tuesday led state ceremonies honoring the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, youthful Jews who took up arms to fight against the Nazi German occupiers during World War II rather than be transported to a death camp.

President Andrzej Duda led the ceremonies on the seventy-third anniversary of the start of the uprising, April nineteen, one thousand nine hundred forty-three. The fighters were crushed by the overwhelming forces of the German army, but they died as they chose: arms-in-hand. As every year, the main state ceremonies were held in front of a memorial to the hundreds of Jewish fighters in the heart of the former Warsaw Ghetto.

Duda said he was paying homage to "heroes who wanted to fight for their freedom and even though they knew they'd die, they wanted to die in battle with a raised head." He added that the ceremonies also paid homage to their "great dignity."

Visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the uprising was "heroic, desperate and courageous."

Following talks with his Polish counterpart, Witold Wszczykowski, Steinmeier said that politicians have the "responsibility to continue the reconciliation that our fathers began in the decades after the war."

Earlier in the day, city authorities unveiled a plaque in memory of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who helped rescue Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust. In one thousand nine hundred forty-fifth, he was arrested by Soviet secret security and taken to Moscow and never heard from again.

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