Photo reportage from the events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the uprising in the Bialystok Ghetto

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The Bialystok Ghetto Uprising was, according to many historians, the second in significance after Warsaw uprising of the Jewish people against the Germans. On 16th August, 2013 in Bialystok took place ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the uprising.

The main event took place next to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, which is located at the Mordechai Tenenbaum (the leader of the uprising) square. In order to pay tribute to the participants of the uprising, at noon in the whole city one could hear wailing sirens. After occasional speeches and saying prayers, took place the reading of the names of the soldiers who died fighting for Poland. Next, wreaths were laid at the monument. Among the numerous delegations which laid the wreaths was also a delegation from the Jewish Historical Institute. 

After the official part of the event, there were many accompanying events including, among others, those co-organized by the Jewish Historical Institute and Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic: the opening of an exhibition „... I bury and plant manuscripts...” Memory of the World. The Underground Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto from the collections of the Jewish Historical Institute, discussion around a book by Professor Paweł Śpiewak “Teologia i filozofia żydowska wobec Holocaustu”(Jewish theology and philosophy to the Holocaust) and a concert by band Shofar, which uses the Hasidic heritage as inspiration.

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