WARSAW: It is hard for the casual observer, walking along Warsaw's broad, brightly lit boulevards, to realize that this now-bustling capital lay in near-total ruins 30 years ago. But Warsaw, like the phoenix of legend, has risen from the ashes to become perhaps the most impressive and appealing city in the whole communist world. But the memories of that most cruel of all human conflicts remain deeply etched in both the soil and psyche of Poland and the other lands of Eastern Europe which I have been touring along with Plain Truth Washington correspondent Dexter Faulkner. In Warsaw itself, at the site of the old Jewish ghetto, a solitary Monument of Swedish granite - originally intended to be part of Hitler's Victory Column in Berlin - stands as mute testimony to the valiant fighter of the ghetto who challenged their Nazi oppressors to a three-week standoff before sealing their inevitable fate.
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