Thursday, May 23, 2013

Deaths: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Fighter

BORUCH SPIEGEL, 93

One of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising where 750 Jewish fighters launched an attack on their German occupiers April 19, 1943, (we just had the 70th anniversary of it, but I came across no mention of it, sadly).  Outnumbered and outgunned badly, they defied odds and held on for nearly a month before being crushed.

They became a symbol of resistance.

A few dozen fighters were able to escape to the so-called "Aryan" side of Warsaw.  German revenge was harsh and every building in the ghetto was destroyed.  Then, Mr. Spiegel and his wife joined the Polish partisans fighting the Germans and took part in the 1944 Warsaw Revolt.

Sadly also, it is not known how many of those 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fighters are still alive, but there can't be too many.

Heroes--  GreGen



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