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Transcript of Warsaw Ghetto
By: Sabrina, Caitlynn, & Mckenzie The city of Warsaw is the capital of Poland. After the Jews lost the battle , the German forces had imprisoned them in a diseased ridden ghetto. In the Ghetto thousands of Jews had already starved to death or got sick and died. Also tens of thousands of Jews had been sent away in boxcars, never to be seen again. The Germans had combat-trained soldiers and a huge arsenal of weapons which they used to overpower the Jews. The first Germans to walk through the gate of the Warsaw Ghetto walked into a firestorm of bullets and bombs. Jewish insurgents shot from the windows of the surrounding buildings. There was a battle between the Nazis and jews. The battle would last 28 days. The battle touched the Nazis as well.
Giving them a hard lesson about fighting an enemy with nothing left to loose. The experiences of all the people not only tell the story of the uprising, but also put a human face on one of the most inhuman periods in history. By the time Nazi forces invaded Poland, German jews had already suffered terribly under Hitlers rule. They had lost their jobs, their homes, and their businesses. Less than a week after the fall of warsaw, the German military government established a Judenrat, or jewish council, to carry out their orders in jewish community. Jews had to identify themselves with armbands bearing the six-pointed Star of David. They had to identify their businesses with " Jewish owned" signs in the windows. Also they could not hold government jobs, employ non- Jews in their homes and businesses. Or even ride on trains without special permission. Jewish males between the ages of sixteen and sixty had to register for forced labor and work for the Nazis without payment. In October 1940, all jews in Warsaw had to leave their homes and move into a shabby neighborhood of pockmarked streets and bleak tenements. They crowded into substandard apartments, often without sanitary facilities or heat. •In November, the Germans closed off ghetto with a brick more than 11 feet high, with barbed wire and broken glass. The Germans turned the Ghetto into a death trap with starvation rations and poor sanitation & they used it as a source of slave labor. Thousand of Jews died from overwork, starvation, and epidemic disease Confusion and despair gripped the people of the ghetto. By the summer of 1942 the Germans were packing Jews into boxcars like cordwood and transporting them to unknown destinations. Some Jews held on to fading hopes of better times to come and others gave up and suffered in silence or decided to fight back. The Jews did not expect to win but they promised to make the Nazis pay dearly for every Jewish life lost in that grim place behind the wall. Citations
an, Linda Jacobs. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Striking a Blow against the Nazis. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2012. Print. Video of Jewish deportees arriving to the Warsaw Ghetto. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il7LB4O8O4U