GHETTO LIFE

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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).

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