Monument to the Ghetto Heroes

On a large grassy square between Karmelicka and Zamenhofa streets, in the centre of Muranow, is the Ghetto Heroes Monument. The square itself is dotted with trees and during the summer plays host to dog walkers, sunbathers and people out for a casual stroll. It is hard to believe that right here the main bunker of the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB) was located and that one of the most desperate battles in human history took place.

The monument commemorates the tens of thousands who lost their lives in the Ghetto Uprising of 1943. It was designed by sculptor Nathan Rappaport and made of granite which the Nazis imported from Sweden, ironically to build their own victory tower. The front of the monument has a bronze relief depicting a group of insurgents and the leader of the uprising Mordacai Anielewicz, who stands with a grenade in his hand. The back shows a group of Jews being marched to their death.

There is an exact copy of the monument in Yad Vashem in Israel.

Comments

ryan heldt from United States Reply May 17th, 2011

thanks the history for my report

bobby from United Kingdom Reply May 17th, 2009

A few errors, the sculptor's name is rapoport, the copy in Israel is not exact and Rapoport imported the stone from Sweden although it had originally been put aside for a Nazi monument.

edna from United States Reply Feb 12th, 2009

Thank you for this informative and touching site.

Anna from Poland Reply Apr 19th, 2008

I think, It is interesting to know that this monument was the first monument erected by the Communist government in post war Poland, the year was 1948... It is dedicated to 220 Jewish fighters. The monument dedicated to the Jews deported to Tremblinka and other camps is nearby.

maggi from United Kingdom Reply Mar 2nd, 2007

These people are taking care of themselves actually. They are putting up, as I said, their own spontaneous settlements, they are taking care of their living environment. So if you listen I think, that's why I am talking about participatory governance that if the Mayor of WarsawI believe if he or she would sit down with the constituents and listen most of the problems would be solved by the people themselves. They are the key - the people of Warsaw are the key to the problems of Warsaw.

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