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Warsaw Marks 70th Anniversary Of Ghetto Uprising

  • A man holds a girl.
  • A snowy street in the ghetto
  • Jews stand by bread baskets on a ghetto street.
  • A Jew in the ghetto displays newspapers for sale.
  • Jews in a ghetto street
  • A Jew in the ghetto
  • A resident of the ghetto displays his wares.
  • Two Jewish policemen stand near barbed-wire fences.
  • Jews deal with smuggled merchandise.
  • A beggar in the ghetto
  • A German soldier inspects a Jew's documents.
  • A sign in the ghetto forbids entrance to the area quarantined for typhus sufferers.
  • A young woman and a girl beg in the street.
  • A German soldier checks the documents of two Jews.
  • A store sign says "Manicure-Chana Branstein."
  • A Jew sells mouse traps in the ghetto.
  • An elderly Jew and a child in the ghetto
  • A snowy street in the ghetto

Photo Gallery: These photos were taken by Joe J. Heydecker, a German author and journalist who served as a simple soldier in the German Army. Using a Kine Exakta camera, he recorded many scenes that he saw during the war, including a series of photographs from the Warsaw Ghetto taken between November 11, 1941, and April 16, 1942. He continued to take photographs in spite of the ban issued in 1941 on independent photographers.

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Commemorations have been held in Warsaw to mark 70 years since hundreds of lightly armed Jewish fighters rose up against a much larger force of German Nazi occupiers.

Sirens and church bells sounded in homage to Jewish fighters who perished during the fight in World War II. 

The major Jewish revolt began on April 19, 1943, and was finally crushed by Adolf Hitler’s forces around a month later.

Thousands of Jews died in the uprising, and tens of thousands of survivors were sent to death camps.

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski led commemoration ceremonies at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.

Some surviving veterans of the uprising attended the ceremony.

Before the revolt, the Nazis sent around 300,000 Warsaw Ghetto residents to their deaths in camps, while others died from hunger and disease.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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