WARSAW, Poland, April 15 (UPI) -- The presidents of Israel and Poland, with other European and U.S. politicians looking on, lit candles Tuesday to mark the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
April 19 will mark the 65th anniversary of the three-week uprising, during which some 7,000 of the 450,000 Jews crammed into the confines of the ghetto died. The Nazis then razed the ghetto and destroyed the city's main synagogue.
"May today's ceremony be a tribute to all the heroes. Let it also be a testimony of our memory and our sensitivity that such tragedy never repeats itself," Polish President Lech Kaczynski said, Radio Poland reported.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said the "heroes" of the Warsaw Ghetto will always be remembered.
"We shall always carry a burden of the past in our hearts," he said.
"The Jews were fighting from the very beginning for survival, for keeping human values," said Eleonora Bergman, director of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.
"It was something very important for people in the ghetto and for the Polish underground outside the ghetto, the Home Army and it really started some kind of cooperation, which helped to get guns or whatever was possible at the time."