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Destroyed by the Second World War, and still raw from both Nazi occupation and its subsequent 45 years of Soviet rule, Warsaw is a city whose history is writ large upon its public spaces.

Gilded cages and ghetto kids

GILDED youth . . . a barbed phrase in which envy and the sneer are combined. Yet gilded youth in the flesh is undeniably seductive; and one evening last week I quite forbore to sneer and sat back to enjoy the sight.

Role models? Who needs 'em?: Setting heroes on pedestals is courting disappointment, says Geraldine Bedell

HE WAS a sports star and a movie star, a personification of the American dream. Black, and so by definition disadvantaged, O J Simpson started out in the Chicago ghetto, and ended up in Hollywood. He made his own way to money, celebrity, a beautiful blonde model wife and repeated requests from corporations to endorse their products.

Letter: O. J's America

Sir: Kenan Malik ends his article 'No way out of the black ghetto' (21 June) by asserting 'White Americans . . . want to know why (O. J) Simpson was treated like a celebrity, when he is just a black man.'

No way out of the black ghetto: The OJ Simpson case articulates the racist fears of middle America, says Kenan Malik

A BLACK sporting superstar, a glamorous white wife, a messy double murder, a dramatic car chase - this could be the plot of John Grisham's next novel. Instead, the narrative unfolds live on prime-time television. No wonder the United States has been captivated by the OJ Simpson case.

Electronic eye over suburbia: Closed circuit television will turn philanthropist's working-class leafy idyll into a 'rich ghetto'

Plans to introduce a camera surveillance scheme into one of London's wealthiest areas have been attacked for try ing to turn it into a 'rich ghetto.

Blacks-only housing brings ghetto fears

A HOUSING development specifically for black tenants has been built on the Isle of Dogs in east London, creating fears of a ghetto in an area where a British National Party councillor was elected last year.

Secretaries trapped by 'pink collar' typecasting: Firms attacked for 'wasting skills'

TWO out of three secretaries feel trapped in a 'pink collar ghetto' and would much prefer to do other work.

BOOK REVIEW / Out of the ghetto: Rowland Morgan talks to Douglas Coupland and William Gibson about science fiction

The death of the British film, confirmed recently by the British Film Institute, is officially blamed on Thatcherite deregulation and 'increasingly elitist' film-makers. No mention is made of the elitism of Britain's novel publishers, even though many science fiction novels are optioned for films at the typescript stage, and this alone helps to make the novels successful in their own right.

TELEVISION / Holiday adventures with Gameshow Man

PART OF Channel 4's remit is to cater for the minority of viewers who appear to like irritating wordplay in programme titles. Hence Four-Play and Four-mations. One day, doubtless, they'll get round to doing a religious affairs programme called Fource for Good, or a foodies' programme called Knife and Fourk. Over at Fourtress - sorry, Fortress - Birt they have no such remit, and anyway, there aren't many puns to be had on the letters BBC. Hence the travel quiz on BBC 1 called The Travel Quiz.

TELEVISION / Sister of mercy-killing: Andy Gill on Dawn French's sinister secret and the artistic life of the Jewish ghetto of Terezin

WE SHALL all regard Dawn French a little differently, I think, after this weekend's 'Screen One' production, Tender Loving Care (Sunday BBC1). As Elaine, the 'mere' SEN (State Enrolled Nurse) looking after an increasingly under-staffed geriatric ward, her usual bubbly bonhomie masked a dark secret: she was murdering her patients in their sleep.

Jews and Poles gather to mark 50th anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazis

WARSAW (AFP) - Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, laid a wreath to mark the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Mr Rabin, making the first visit to Poland by an Israeli head of government, and the Polish Prime Minister, Hanna Suchocka, laid wreaths at the bunker of the young Jewish leader of the April 1943 revolt against Nazi occupation, Mordechaj Anielewicz, who finally committed suicide rather than surrender. Hundreds of Jews from all over the world have come to Warsaw for the two-day ceremonies that began on Sunday with three Roman Catholic bishops joining rabbis for a service in the city's synagogue. 'We cannot forget the past, but . . . we look forward to a better world,' Mr Rabin said, 'and for the elimination of the remnants of fascism, Nazism and all racist movements.' Polish Jews implored the US Vice-President, Al Gore, also at the ceremonies, not to allow the Holocaust's horrors to be repeated in Bosnia. 'The world must do more to stop these outrages,' Mr Gore said.

Lessons of History: Ghetto that resisted to the end: 50 years ago today, the Poles who felt Jews lacked the will to fight were proved wrong, writes Jozef Garlinski

ON 19 APRIL 1943, at the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover, the Nazis moved with tanks and guns to exterminate the last 40,000 survivors of the Warsaw ghetto. They were met by homemade grenades and courage beyond anything they had expected. With 200 Germans dead, they withdrew.

Warsaw remembers Holocaust: Fifty years ago hundreds of Jews mounted a desperate ghetto revolt against the Nazis

WARSAW - Thousands of Jews held ceremonies in Poland yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of a Second World War uprising in Warsaw's Jewish ghetto and remind the world of the horrors of the Holocaust.

The World This Week: Votes for president or a king

SEVERAL peoples vote this week in polls that reveal how deeply political crises have shaken constitutional foundations. More than 100 million Russians will be asked on Sunday whether they support President Boris Yeltsin and his economic reforms and whether they want the country to hold early presidential and parliamentary elections.
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