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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising  started on April 19 and ended on May 16 1943. It was the 1943 act of Jewish resistance inside the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II in occupied by Nazi Germany Poland as a result of Nazi Germany’s decision to transport the remaining Ghetto population to the extermination camp in Treblinka.

As a result of the uprising SS Brigadefuhrer Jurgen Stroop  ordered the burning of the Ghetto, block by block.  A total of 13,000 Jews died, about half of them burnt alive or suffocated. It was the largest single revolt by Jews during World War II.

In Poland a daffodil is a symbol of this uprising. Marek Edelman a Jewish-Polish political, social activist and cardiologist was the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and he laid always daffodils on the Ghetto monument. The daffodil action is initiated and promoted by Polin: Museum of the History of Polish Jews:http://www.polin.pl/en

Source and photo: PAP, Wikipedia

Photo from Jurgen Stroop’s report to Heinrich Himmler from May 1943 and one of the best-known pictures of World War II. The original German caption reads :’’Forcibly pulled out of dug-outs’’