NEW YORK (Jul. 11)
The Warsaw Ghetto revolt will remain a permanent national memorial day for Jews throughout the world, the World Jewish Congress announced here today, emphasizing that Jews in 39 countries this year commemorated the Warsaw Jewish uprising against the German Army during the Nazi occupation of Poland.
A survey to determine how enduring is the memory of that heroic Jewish saga was undertaken by the WJC under the direction of Dr. Issac Schwarzbart, head of its organization department. The survey established that the heroism of the ghetto fighters was honored this year by more than 9,000,000 Jews.
“This year’s anniversary was widely observed in the United States and Israel, two of the world’s three largest Jewish communities,” the WJC report says. “No detailed information was available from the world’s third largest Jewish community, that in Soviet Russia and in the Satellite nations, except one eye-witness report from Warsaw. The observer reported that a great demonstration was held, the main purpose of which was to show that the Revolt was arranged and carried through only by Communists.
“Of all the ceremonies held throughout the world, the exercises in Argentina, where 420,000 Jews constitute the largest Jewish community in Latin America, were considered to be singularly impressive. Jewish stores were closed in Buenos Aires; special lectures were delivered in the Jewish schools; and appropriate exercises were held in every Jewish community throughout the Argentina provinces,” the report states.