Friday, April 13, 2018

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising & Jewish Resistance

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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising [April 19th to May 16th 1943]: [R to L]: Małka Zdrojewicz Horenstein (survived internment in the Majdanek camp; moved to Palestine in 1946, where she married, change name to Horenstein, and had four children.); Bluma Wyszogrodzka (shot in Auschwitz); Rachela Wyszogrodzka (gassed in Auschwitz). The Warsaw Ghetto was established by the Germans in the Jewish section of Warsaw on October 16, 1940; it forced more than 400,000 Jews into an area of of 3.4 square kilometres (1.3 sq mi). Needless to say, conditions were inhospitable, appalling and cruel. This act of defiance is considered as the largest single act of resistance by Jews during the Second World War, a heroic defiance in the face of a well-armed enemy: Here are the recollections of Malka Zdrojewicz Horenstein, the only one of the three in the above photo who survived the war: “We went to a neutral place in the ghetto area and climbed down into the underground sewers. Through them, we girls used to carry arms into the ghetto; we hid them in our boots. During the ghetto uprising, we hurled Molotov cocktails at the Germans.After the suppression of the uprising, we went into hiding, taking refuge in an underground shelter where a large quantity of arms was piled up. But the Germans detected us and forced us out. I happened to be there with Rachela and Bluma Wyszogrodzka (and that is how they took our picture) Rachela and I, together with the others, were driven to the Umschlagplatz. They later took us to Majdanek from there.” For more, go [here] and [here] and [here].
Courtesy: Wikipedia Commons