Faces of the Ghetto
Confinement and Survival



Jewish street scribe who will write a letter
for a few groschen for an illiterate person

Jewish vendor of Jewish armbands

Jewish pauper

Jewish policeman in foreground,
talking to denizen of the ghetto

The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of the Jewish ghettos established by Nazi Germany. Between 1941 and 1943, starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps and extermination camps dropped the population of the ghetto from an estimated 450,000 to approximately 71,000.

In 1943 the Warsaw Ghetto was the scene of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the first urban mass rebellion against the Nazi occupation of Europe. The Uprising opposed Nazi Germany's  effort to transport the remaining ghetto population to the Treblinka extermination camp. The insurgency was launched against the Germans on January 19, 1943. The most significant portion of the insurgency took place from April 19 until May 16, 1943, and ended when the poorly-armed and supplied resistance was crushed by the German troops under the direct command of Jürgen Stroop. It was the largest single revolt by the Jews during the Holocaust...   

--from Wikipedia. Photos courtesy of the New York Public Library Humanities and Social Sciences Library / Slavic and Baltic Division



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