Published accounts of life in the ghettos recall everyday difficulties faced by inhabitants as food and supplies became scarcer. Jews transported from neighbouring regions led to terrible overcrowding and increasing numbers fell victim to starvation and disease.
The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto (published 2007) highlights the disparities between those like Jane’s relatives who had money and connections to help them escape, and others who could not afford to bribe their way out before the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April 1943, after which point the Germans systematically destroyed the ghetto.
The Warsaw Ghetto Database ( warszawa.getto.pl), created by the Polish Center for Holocaust Research ( holocaustresearch. pl), is an index of inhabitants compiled from diaries, archival documents and the ghetto newspaper Gazeta Zydowska. This paper and many other resources are also held by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ( ushmm.org).