Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Speaker of the Knesset Ruby Rivlin MK, the Chief Rabbis, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, dear survivors.
60 years ago, on Seder night, the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto read the Haggadah to the sounds of gunfire, explosions, windows shattering, houses burning and people crying. On Passover eve, Jewish fighters - the last prisoners of the Warsaw ghetto who remained - rose up and fought against the Nazis. The revolt continued for about a month. It was the first uprising against the Nazi regime in occupied Europe. There were about 1000 fighters, comprising members of the underground organizations – the Jewish Fighting Organization led by Mordechai Anielewicz, and the Jewish Military Union led by Pawel Frenkel, and all the different movements, ranging from Hashomer Hatzair to the Revisionist movement, and from members of Akiva to the Bundists. They were joined by the rest of the Jews living in the ghetto, and it was this handful of people from the tormented remnants of a glorious Jewish community, these pure, daring individuals with almost no resources, who fought against the forces of evil, the mighty barbarians who possessed an overwhelming military advantage.