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Warsaw synagogue symbolically returns to life

Images of a Warsaw synagogue blown up by Poland’s Nazi German invaders during World War II were on Thursday due to be projected at its original site.

The images, part of a sound and light show, were set to be screened on the eve of the 76th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in which Jewish fighters took up arms against Poland’s German occupiers.

Viewers will be able to see the synagogue symbolically arising from rubble, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Thursday’s multimedia display was expected to involve images projected onto a skyscraper in central Warsaw’s Bankowy Square, the site of the former synagogue.

The synagogue was blown up by the Germans on May 16, 1943. Its destruction is considered a symbol of the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

That revolt, which broke out on April 19, 1943 and lasted until May 16, was the first uprising in German Nazi-occupied Europe and the largest act of armed resistance by Jews in World War II.

It is estimated that about 13,000 insurgents died in the ghetto during the revolt.

The Warsaw ghetto, established in April 1940, was the largest of the many ghettos which the Germans set up across Poland to isolate the Jewish population after invading the country in September 1939.

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