Behind him a new, 40-foot-tall black stone frieze showed armed guerilla fighters, their faces locked in determined grimaces. And before him two dozen TV cameras recorded his every word as Rotem declared: "We knew we had no chance. Should we start the uprising? Those are the doubts I live with every day."
Rotem was a featured speaker at a ceremony
Rotem, now 88 years old, managed to escape through the sewers. Now, he's the last surviving uprising commander.
Unlike previous years,
For the opening celebration, however, while the black frieze was up, the museum was largely empty, its exhibits not yet installed -- an allegory, perhaps, for the larger effort.
Today, this is a nation riven with anti-Semitism. The reasons are varied, but one bitter fact helps explain.
Before World War II, 10 percent of
Before World War II, "Jews were thrown out of every country in the world -- except
Taube and Ashkenazy are among the most prominent Americans involved in this endeavor, but others also participate. Here in
Folwarczny is Catholic, like 90 percent of Poles. But he was stunned when he visited
Last week, leading up to the 70th anniversary celebration, a university in
Folwarczny's group does most of its work in small towns that once were largely Jewish, showing evidence of the town's past to young residents who'd had "not a clue," as one said. But after seeing the new
Ashkenazy blames the
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