Warsaw – Poland Remembers Transports From Warsaw Ghetto

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    People attach ribbons with Jewish names onto the fence of a former Jewish orphanage,  in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, July 22, 2012, during commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of first transport of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka death camp during World War II. ( AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)Warsaw, Poland – Members of Poland’s Jewish community and other Poles have marked the 70th anniversary of the first deportations from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 with a memorial march through the city.

    Although Poland regularly marks major Holocaust anniversaries, like the liberation of Auschwitz and Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, there have never been major commemorations for the start of deportations to death camps on July 22, 1942.

    Officials and the Polish media described Sunday’s event as a first.

    Participants gathered at Umschlagplatz, the site in Warsaw where Jews were loaded onto trains bound for Treblinka. They then walked as a group to an orphanage named after Janusz Korczak, a Jewish educator who had a chance to escape the Holocaust but instead chose to die with the children under his care.

    Israel's Minister of Education Menachem Eliezer Moses (R) attends the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of Warsaw's Ghetto at Umschlagplatz in Warsaw July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

    A woman listens to prayers during the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of Warsaw's Ghetto at Umschlagplatz in Warsaw July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

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    3 COMMENTS

    1. The deportations to Treblinka from the Warsaw Ghetto started on Tisha b’Av and was the beginning of the Endloesung as decreed in the Wannsee conference. Heydrich, Eichmann, Himmler and Kaltenbrunner

    2. @qazxc you are wrong. Of course they said thanks, in their special German way, by destroying nearly 90% of Warsaw in 44 after Warsaw uprise, they were enjoying their help by killing or deporting nearly all of the inhabitiants of the city. This is the way how you are saying thank you. Learn this lesson.

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