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Liquidating of ghetto

For almost a month the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto fought for their lives. I decided to leave and was met by an unimaginable sight. They seek desperately, nothing, no rescue, no protection, death prevails everywhere.Many of them perished in the fires and smoke of the uprising. The remainder were sent to Treblinka, Majdanek, and other camps in the Lublin area. The cellar, through which our shelter was reached, lay in ruins; the electricity and water – cut off. Appartments are burning, workshops, warehouses, stores and entire buildings. There is a strong wind, which blows out sparks from the burning houses to the ones which do not burn yet. The ghetto walls are completely surrounded, no one can enter or leave. Screams of pain and crying, houses and bunkers are burning, everything, everything is in flames. unit engaged in the suppression of the uprising, presided over the demolition.

Coupled with this new announcement of the revival of the “Lublin reservation plan” which the Nazis gave up in 1940, the authorities in Germany this week clarified the special labor legislation which they have introduced for Jewish and Polish workers in Germany and which they are now extending to Russian forced labor.[Civilian and army authorities argued that the Jews were vital to the war economy]. He order the immediate implementation of the deportation, and, as he no longer relied on the local German authorities, he entrusted the mission to the Operation Reinhard staff and the police forces subordinate to them.Globocnik personally came to Bialystok to coordinate the liquidation of the ghetto with the local German authorities.The new instructions also provide that when a Jewish worker meets with an accident during work, the Nazi employer is no longer obliged to pay him any wages.He is, however, permitted to give the disabled Jewish worker an allowance sufficient to keep him alive until he is able to return to work.It was the largest Jewish community not only in Poland — but on the European continent as a whole. 1, 1939, however, the city received its initial air attacks and artillery bombardments as World War II first got underway. It would only take a year for the Germans to establish the Warsaw ghetto and decree mandatory relocation there for all Jewish residents of the city.

Besieged by Nazi Germany’s behemoth war machine, Warsaw didn't take long to fall to the Third Reich. Both the photos above and the stories below provide a disturbing account of the horrors perpetrated inside the Warsaw ghetto for the remainder of the Holocaust.

"The deportations were carried out on August 18­19, 1943. Some other transports were deported to Majdanek and Auschwitz.

The final liquidation of the ghetto met with stiff resistance from the Jewish Underground, which fought back, and many Jews found their death inside the ghetto during this uprising.

constituted an independent administrative district within the German regime in occupied Poland... 31,000 Jews, mostly men, were shot by the Einsatzgruppen near their homes.

"During the first months of the German occupation ... On the eve of mass deportations to Treblinka and Auschwitz, in the autumn of 1942, there were about 210,000 Jews in the district, concentrated in ghettos. "In the first half of October 1942, the Reich Security Main Office issued an order to local SS authorities in the Bialystok General District to liquidate all the ghettos in the district and deport the Jews.

The courtyard was covered in shards of glass, pieces of brick, of tin, of charred wood, of damaged piping and other debris, window frames, pieces of walls, furniture and household utensils; it all amounted to a sight which is hard to describe. I was no stranger to destruction, including the last days of the 1939 siege of Warsaw.