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?bers of Polish Cabinet Attend Unveiling of Warsaw Memorial to Ghetto Fighters

April 20, 1948
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Thousands of Poles and Jews today attended cere?ies here marking the fifth anniversary, of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto in h over 40,000 Jews lost their lives. Among the participants in the ceremonies, h included the unveiling of a large memorial to the Jewish fighters and martyrs, some 3,000 delegates from communities in all parts of Poland, 200 delegates Jewish communities outside the country and representatives of the Polish Government, the army and all political parties.

In the forefront of the ceremonies wore survivors of the ghetto battle and ten partisans who fought with the Polish and Soviet armies during the war. Among representatives of the government were Premier Josef Cyrankiewicz, Minister for ?tice Henryk Swiatkowski and Minister Without Portfolio Wladislaw Baranowski.

Swiatkowski, ddressing the nesting, declared: "In the name of the Polish sent and people I pay tribute to the heroic deeds and battle of the Jews; of Warsaw ghetto. Those at the head of the present Polish Government such as Premier ?rankiewicz and Deputy Premier Gomulka themselves participated actively in the fight lid the ghetto insurgents. In the future the Polish Government will give assist-to the fight of the Jewish people for liberty."

Adolph Berman, noted Jewish partisan leader and head of the Jewish Central committee of Poland who presided over the Warsaw meeting, stated that "the Polish who fought for the honor of the Jewish nation will, if necessary, voluntarily ?fer their "blood as a contribution to the liberty and statehood of Palestine Jewry."

Among the other speakers at the Warsaw ceremony were former partisans Antek kierman and Chaika Grossman who told the story of the weeks-long battle. A special choir of 250 orphaned Jewish children sang partisan hymns and battle songs. Liar commemorative meetings were held in many other Polish cities and In Warsaw, ?milar and Krakow the government radio presented special memorial programs.


The granite memorial which was unveiled hers is 50 feet high and 30 feet wide features four menorahs, one at each corner. The lights in the menorahs will "burn vernally. The canter piece, cast in bronze by the noted Jewish sculptor Prof. {SPAN}##{/SPAN} than Rappaport, depicts a group of ghetto f fighters on one side, and a party of Jews ?ing shipped to their deaths by the Nazis, on the other face. The monument, on the ?ot where the first contingent of some 2,000 Nazi troops entered the ghetto to sup?ress the uprising, cost 100,000,000 zlotys. The Polish Government contributed ?0,000,000 zlotys, Polish Jewry 18,000,000 and the rest was raised by contributions ?rom Jews throughout the world.

Simultaneously, a "museum of Jewish Martyrdom" was opened here today by the Jewish Historical Institute. Authentic photographs and other graphic evidence portraying the life of the Jews of Poland in the various Nazi ghettos including torn and blood-stained Scrolls and prayer shawls, as well as drums, shoes and purses made ?of parchment ripped from the Torahs fill the museum.

A picture gallery featuring the paintings of 50 Jewish painters who perished that the hands of the Nazis was also opened today. A library containing the volumes retrieved from 75 famous Jewish libraries destroyed during the war, as well as other ?rare literary materials, has also been established.

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