Forgotten WWII Fighters Commemorated

When one thinks of a ghetto uprising, the first thing that comes to mind is Warsaw. But historians have already determined that the Warsaw Ghetto fighters were not the first to revolt against the Nazis – they were preceded by the fighters of the Nieswiez Ghetto in eastern Poland.

In order to create awareness and honor the ghetto fighters, an event marking the ghetto will be held Monday evening at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

“Today, there is not a single remnant of the revolt which can tell what happened there. So I am telling it, because they deserve the historical accuracy. They deserve the honor. They fought and fulfilled their slogan, ‘Let me die with the Philistines,’” says Noah Shklar, who was born in Nieswiez.

Shklar, 95, was drafted by the Russian army when the town was annexed by the Soviet Union following the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.


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