Nonetheless, by the 1970s, WAGRO had expanded its activities and influence.
WAGRO, in contrast to the Katsetler Farband, observed Israel's Holocaust memorial day, Yom Hashoah, Nissan 27 on the Hebrew calendar, which fell in April or early May.
Moreover, despite its ostensibly apolitical nature, WAGRO inclined toward Zionism, in contrast with the Bundist-leaning Katsetler Farband.
Paradoxically, despite its linking of the uprising to the State of Israel and Zionism, WAGRO also helped to make it a symbol of the universal struggle for freedom, rather than of narrow Jewish heroism and continuity.
In formulating their own conception of what ought to be remembered and how, survivor organizations like the Katsetler Farband and WAGRO helped to lay the foundation for a broader awareness of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The early 1960s, just as survivors were finding their voice through organizations like WAGRO, saw a flurry of activity in which narratives of the Holocaust reached the American public.
She was also an early leader of the Katsetler Farband, and along with her husband, Benjamin Meed, a founder of WAGRO. From as early as the late-1940s, she traveled around the country telling her story, sponsored by the JLC.
(33.) The only substantial work on WAGRO and its history is Lucia Meta Ruedenberg, "Remember 6,000,000: Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust in New York City" (PhD diss., New York University, 1994).
(34.) Memorandum from WAGRO, 1964, Folder 33, Box 173, WAG.025.003, records of the Jewish Labor Committee, part III, NYU Tamiment Library and Robert F.
(35.) Excerpt from WAGRO constitution, in Commemoration Journal: 32nd Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, (New York: Warsaw Ghetto Resistance Organization, 1975), 3