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The invading German forces were surprised by the ferocity of the resistance of the armed groups, and by the perseverance of the ghetto inhabitants, who had fortified themselves in bunkers and hiding places. The fighting outposts of the Jewish Fighting Organization, under the command of Mordechai Anielewicz, were spread out far and wide across the ghetto. The Jewish Military Union fought side by side with the Jewish Fighting Organization; the former concentrated their efforts on the Moranowski square in the north part of the ghetto, and in the industrial area of the brush workshops. After three days of fighting, the Germans understood they would be unable to make the Jews report for deportation as planned. They began systematically setting fire to the ghetto, turning it into a giant firetrap. The blaze was documented by German propaganda photographers, at the initiative of Jürgen Stroop, commander of the . unit that suppressed the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

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Despite (or maybe because of) the ghettos’ centrality, virtually no trace of them remains. It is as if they’ve been effaced, scrubbed from history. Aside from a handful of token plaques (most of which are in Yiddish, the language of almost no one who visits and of almost everybody who was killed), and two or three hard-to-find, oblique, barely relevant statues, there is no physical commemoration at the sites. Locals generally have no idea where the ghettos were or even that there were ghettos at all.


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