Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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Between 1941-1943, Jews formed groups of people underground to try and organize a resistance movement against the Germans. The Jews made homemade weapons and also smuggled weapons into the Ghettos. There were many Jewish groups that formed to fight the Germans, but the Warsaw Ghetto is the most famous.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising significants

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a turning point in the history of the Jewish people. The Jewish refused to be victims any longer and were determined to fight back. It was the first, the largest , and most important Jewish Uprising. It inspired uprisings in other Ghettos and killing centers. It became one of the most celebrated events of the Holocaust. Jews everywhere were encouraged as news of the uprising spread. April 19, 1943 is not only the day the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising started, but its also the 15th day of the month Nissan in the Hebrew calendar, which is also the first day of Passover. Days of remembrance ceremonies to honor survivors and victims of the Holocaust, are also linked to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising dates.

Other things you should know..

  1. The Ghetto was enclosed with barbwire, but later on was enclosed with 10 foot brick wall.
  2. A lot of people didn't have housing, but they ones who were lucky enough, were packed in their house with 8 other people.
  3. Over thousands of people died each month from the "Ghetto Disease".
  4. Men or small children would wiggle their way through holes in the wall to smuggle food...there was always a risk of being caught.
  5. People would suffer from bitter cold winters.
  6. Children 10 years and older were required to wear an armband with a blue star of David in public.
  7. Police transported 265,000 Jews to the Treblinka killing, only 35,000 Germans got permission to stay in the Ghetto.
  8. People would only get 200 calories a day, sometime not even that.


United States Holocaust Museum. "Warsaw Ghetto Uprising." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2016. <http://www.ushmm.org/

"Warsaw Ghetto Uprising." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, Web. 03 Feb. 2016. <http://www.britannica.com/>.

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Holocaust Survivor Barbara Steiner on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Warsaw ghetto Uprising

April 19, 1943 German troops and police went to the Ghetto to deport the remaining Jews. The Jews had formed a resistance called the ZOB. There were 750 Jews that fought the Germans. Germans burned the buildings in the Ghetto, trying to force the Jews out. The fighting continued for weeks, until the Germans blew up the great Synagogue in Warsaw, which was the end of the uprising and the ghetto destruction. The uprising ended on May 16, 1943.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Warsaw Ghetto Uprising." Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Web. 26 Jan. 2016.


At the end of the uprising, 56,065 Jews had been captured. 7,000 Jews were deported to the extermination camp, and the rest were sent to labor camps. Some of the fighters were successful in escaping from the Ghetto, and joined groups in the forest around Warsaw.

Links to further information


This website gives you information on how the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising started and the outcome of the events.


This website gives you really cool facts on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, that you may not find on every website. It also shows you really cool pictures from during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.