Wednesday, March 25, 2015

45 Astonishing Photos of Daily Life in the Ghetto of Warsaw in the Summer of 1941

The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II.

On October 12, 1940, the Germans decreed the establishment of a ghetto in Warsaw. The decree required all Jewish residents of Warsaw to move into a designated area, which German authorities sealed off from the rest of the city in November 1940. The ghetto was enclosed by a wall that was over 10 feet high, topped with barbed wire, and closely guarded to prevent movement between the ghetto and the rest of Warsaw. The population of the ghetto, increased by Jews compelled to move in from nearby towns, was estimated to be over 400,000 Jews. German authorities forced ghetto residents to live in an area of 1.3 square miles, with an average of 7.2 persons per room.

These astonishing photographs below were taken by photographer Willy Georgin the summer of 1941. He was issued a pass by one of his officers and instructed to enter the enclosed ghetto and take photos of what he saw there. Accroding to Studiolum, Georg shot four rolls of films and began to shoot a fifth one when the German military police stopped him. They confiscated the film in his camera, but fortunately they did not check his pockets before escorting him out of the ghetto. Georg developed the four rolls in Warsaw and preserved the photos in the next fifty years together with his other war pictures. In the late 1980s he met Rafael Scharf from London, a researcher of Polish-Jewish studies, to whom he gave these photos and who published them in 1993 in the book In the Warsaw Ghetto: Summer 1941.













































(via Studiolum)

5 comments:

  1. What amazing photographs. I am deeply moved by them. Thank you for printing them. Let us never forget.

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  2. How moving these are - please never let anyone say these atrocities never took place

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  3. Still_On_Your_SideMarch 25, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    This was so painful to read. By 1945, almost all of those beautiful children and their mothers were killed or died of starvation and disease. As painful as it is to look at them, these photos need to be viewed to honor their memory.

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  5. Very difficult to view these photos and not be moved. You can see despair in their faces and some seem to have a glimmer of hope.
    Those poor children....so sad.

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