Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto in Warsaw City Centre

 

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Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto
The Monument to Heroes of the Ghetto is located by the square of the same name between Anielewicza, Zamenhofa, Karmelicka and Lewartowskiego streets. It was created by the sculptor Natan Rapaport and the architect Marek Suzin and unveiled in 1948, shortly after the end of Second World War when the whole city still lay in ruins.


Monument is made in the form of a huge block built of basalt rock with a group of figures emerging from its centre. It symbolizes the heroic defiance of the Ghetto Uprising of 1943 which was planned not as a bid for liberty but as an honourable way to die. Uprising lasted one month. Reliefs on the monument depict men, women and children struggling to flee the burning ghetto, together with a procession of Jews being driven to death camps under the threat of Nazi bayonets.



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