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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
, the largest organized rebellion by Jews during World War II. Marek Edelman, a leader of the uprising, recalls the ghetto and the revolt
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
began on 19 April 1943 in Nazi-occupied Poland, when rebellion broke out in the Jewish ghettos opposing Nazi Germany's effort to transport ghetto occupants to Treblinka. The rebellion lasted until 16 May and ended in tragic defeat, but it represented the largest single organized revolt by the Jews to (in Uprising leader Yitzhak Zuckerman
's words) "rise up against their destroyers, and determine what death they would choose: Treblinka or Uprising."
, an activist (both before and after the war) and cardiologist, was the last surviving leader of the Uprising. Before his death in 2009, Edelman recorded series of autobiographical videos
in which he shared his memories of the ghetto
and described his leadership of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
. The clips are hosted by Web of Stories
), and -- like all Web of Stories interviews -- can be watched as a series of short clips with fully searchable transcripts.
A mural in Edelman's honor
will be dedicated in Warsaw on 16 May, the 70th anniversary of the Uprising's end.