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Recalling the heroes of uprising in Warsaw

Polish president leads tribute on 70th anniversary

WARSAW — Sirens wailed and church bells tolled Friday as largely Roman Catholic Poland paid homage to the Jewish fighters who rose up 70 years ago against German Nazi forces in the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

The mournful sounds marked the start of state ceremonies that were led by President Bronislaw Komorowski at the iconic Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw. The president was joined by officials from Poland, Israel, and elsewhere as well as a survivor of the fighting, Simha Rotem, to honor the first large-scale rebellion against the Germans during World War II.

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