Warsaw Gheeto uprising ends. May 16,1943 a day in History.
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#1 May 16, 2013
"On May 16, 1943, amid the relentless German assault, the Jewish resistance finally ended. General Stroop sent a battle report stating, "The former Jewish quarter of Warsaw is no longer in existence. The large scale action was terminated at 2015 hours by blowing up the Warsaw synagogue�Total number of Jews dealt with: 56,065, including both Jews caught and Jews whose extermination can be proved."
Polish sources estimated 300 Germans were killed and 1000 wounded."
This was the first uprising of the Jews in Warsaw but not the final one. This proved to the world the Nazis were barbaric, cold blooded murderers. They ended up burning the Ghetto down to force the hit and run squads of Jewish fighters out. The Jews literally jumped out of burning building and fought the German SS Death Squads until they had no choice but to return into the burning building to prevent the death squads from arresting them. There are many who fail to understand the barbaric nature of the Germans during World War II to the Jewish people. This scene would play out again at the end when the Russians were chasing the German army out of Poland. The final irony is that the second uprising in Warsaw could have ended in Triumph had the Russians not waited until all the Jews were slaughtered in the second uprising. The Russians were similarly like the Nazis in the racial hatred of Jews.
#2 May 17, 2013
This whole incident was beautifully portrayed in the mini-series "Holocaust" featuring Michael Moriarity as the SS. Some of the Polish Jews wanted to attack the Nazis like crazed dogs but wiser heads prevailed. They lived in the rubble of Waraw for awhile and then they were led into a confrontation by two leaders, a man named Moses and a boy named Aaron. They were in high spirits and duly motivated, but they all ended up getting cut down by machine gun bullets. Some decided this was preferable to being sent to Auschwitz.
#3 May 17, 2013
The movie was light entertainment. The actual viciousness was something else. There is no way we can ever have an actor portray with any accuracy the vileness of the Commanders and the SS blackshirts. The Nazis were stupid enough to film the action and some who participated in the killings were located and executed by the Allies..
#4 May 17, 2013
wasnt james wooods in that series??
#5 May 17, 2013
Yes, Jimmy Woods was as were many stars of the screen from that era. Despite the inane comment about it being light entertainment, it was quite moving and dramatic. Of course they can only show so much on network TV so it wasn't Schindler's List. But it was eye opening for many of us in our youth.
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