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  • Pictured is one of the markers of the location of the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto. These markers are just one example of the many subtle ways that the city of Warsaw memorializes and deals with its tumultuous past. You can see a memorial almost anywhere you look; something happened everywhere you step. Many of these quiet signs of remembrance are unmarked. As subtle as a different pattern of stones in the sidewalk or as obvious as a giant rock on a hill in a clearing, you can't go anywhere in Warsaw without being surrounded by ghosts of the past.

    " 'In the gutters, amidst the refuse, one can see almost naked and barefoot little children wailing pitifully...' 'Children's bodies and crying serve as a persistent backdrop for the ghetto,' Ringelblum lamented. They were present day and night." -from Dwork/van Pelt's Holocaust: a History

    Although barely anything from before and during the era of Nazi occupation remains, these delicate memorials seem to come together to serve as inscriptions on the same tombstone of Warsaw, of the Jews, of humanity.
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