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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

As many of you know, I'm currently preparing for a month long trip to Poland and Germany! There are lots of historical events that I need to be researching before I go, but one of the most important to me is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which is the subject of my next book. Since I want to document and share the research journey with you all, I created an Instagram account dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. If you'd like to follow along, go to www.instagram.com/warsawghetto75th

Here are my previous posts: 

“Your mission is to find a way out of the ghetto, to live, and to tell our story.” - Mordechai Anielewicz 

In April 1943, German troops were in the final stages of liquidating the Warsaw Ghetto. Faced with death by deportation to Treblinka, young Jewish fighters took up arms against the Germans and fought courageously for over 28 days. Join me as I research the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and keep the victims’ stories alive.

"To write was to resist, if only to bring the killers to justice. To write was to complete the defeat of the killers by ensuring that future historians would use the victims cries to change the world.” - Samuel Kassow 

In addition to armed resistance, words were a powerful weapon in the Warsaw Ghetto. Individuals of all ages documented what they endured in a desperate fight for existence so that future generations would know what had happened to the Jews of Warsaw. This is one of the milk cans containing the Oyneg Shabes, the hidden archive of the ghetto created by Emanuel Ringelblum, that would “scream the truth to the world.” The Oyneg Shabes was buried on the eve of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

This milk can was unearthed on Nowolipki Street, Warsaw in 1950. If you have a chance to visit the @holocaustmuseum it’s on display on the third floor. 

"Who could have known that this quiet, modest, and sympathetic fellow would emerge as the man who, three years later, would be mentioned with awe by some, with fear by others?" - Emanuel Ringelblum 

24 year old Mordechai Anielewicz was a notable and respected leader of the underground Jewish Fighting Organization (Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa or ZOB). The ZOB was established in July of 1942 to resist deportations to Treblinka concentration camp. 

They received little support from the Jews of Warsaw. Many felt that resistance was impossible and that the ghetto should focus on survival and feeding its inhabitants instead. The ZOB thought only of fighting for Jewish honor. They would not wait for death to take them by starvation, disease, or Treblinka. These were "young men and women in love with life yet determined to fight to the death." 


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