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16th May 1943 (78 years ago): Warsaw Ghetto uprising ends
In Poland, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising comes to an end as Nazi soldiers gain control of Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto, blowing up the last remaining synagogue and beginning the mass deportation of the ghetto’s remaining dwellers to the Treblinka and Majdanek extermination camps.
Shortly after the German occupation of Poland began, the Nazis forced the city’s Jewish citizens into a “ghetto” surrounded by barbed wire and armed SS guards. At its height, as many as 460,000 Jews were imprisoned there, in an area of 3.4 km2, with an average of 9.2 persons per room, barely subsisting on meager food rations. Disease and starvation killed thousands every month, and beginning in July 1942, 6,000 Jews a day were transferred to the Treblinka and Majdanek concentration camps. Although the Nazis assured the remaining Jews that their relatives and friends were being sent to work camps, word soon reached the ghetto that deportation to the camp meant extermination. The left-wing Jewish Combat Organization (ŻOB) and right-wing Jewish Military Union (ŻZW) formed and began to train.
On 18 January 1943, when the Nazis entered the ghetto to prepare a group for transfer, a ŻOB unit ambushed them. Fighting lasted for several days, and a number of Germans soldiers were killed before they withdrew. On 19 April Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler announced that the ghetto was to be cleared out in honor of Hitler’s birthday the following day, and more than 1,000 SS soldiers entered the confines with tanks and heavy artillery. Although many of the ghetto’s remaining 60,000 Jewish dwellers attempted to hide themselves in secret bunkers, more than 1,000 ŻOB members met the Germans with gunfire and homemade bombs. Suffering moderate casualties, the Germans initially withdrew but soon returned, and on 24 April they launched an all-out attack against the Warsaw Jews. Thousands were slaughtered as the Germans systematically moved down the ghetto, blowing up buildings one by one. The ŻOB took to the sewers to continue the fight, but on 8 May their command bunker fell to the Germans, and their resistant leaders committed suicide. By 16 May the ghetto was firmly under Nazi control, and mass deportation of the last Warsaw Jews to Treblinka and Majdanek began.
During the uprising, some 300 hundred German soldiers were killed to the thousands of Warsaw Jews who perished. Virtually all the former ghetto residents who survived to reach Treblinka and Majdanek were dead by the end of the war.
It was the largest single revolt by Jews during World War II. The Jews knew that the uprising was doomed and their survival was unlikely. Marek Edelman, the only surviving ŻOB commander, said their inspiration to fight was "to pick the time and place of our deaths". According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the uprising was "one of the most significant occurrences in the history of the Jewish people".
Jewish women and children forcibly removed from a bunker; one of the most iconic pictures of World War II.
Brick wall of the Warsaw Ghetto dividing the Iron-Gate Square, with view of bombed out Lubomirski Palace (left) on the "Aryan" side of the city, May 24, 1941.
Suppression of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Captured Jews escorted by the Waffen SS, Nowolipie Street, 1943.
Burning buildings photographed from the intersection of Zamenhofa and Wołyńska.
Monument to the Ghetto Heroes by Nathan Rapoport.
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Question of the Day
You have to run for a government position in the FNR; what do you run for?
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Would You Rather
Would you rather have every nation stat at its highest (so bad and good things will be high) or every nation stat at its lowest (so good and bad things would be low)?
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