Warsaw Ghetto uprising remembered 71 years on

Simcha Rotem, centre, one of the last living members of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance in 2013. Credit: Reuters\Kacper Pempel

The Jewish community and local residents in Warsaw have observed the 71st anniversary of the city ghetto's ill-fated uprising against occupying Nazi troops during the Second World War.

Officials laid wreaths and the group said prayers at the monument to the Ghetto Heroes today. Next they walked to the former Umschlag Platz, where in 1943 the Nazis loaded ghetto residents on cattle wagons to take them to the Treblinka camp.

About half a million of Warsaw's Jews died there.