Ghettos during World War II
The plight of the Jewish people during World War II
The Warsaw ghetto was established by the German government during World War II as a way to isolate the Jewish population from the general public of Warsaw, Poland. This was made possible by the German Governor-General Hans Frank on the 16th of October, 1940 one year after the Nazi-German army invaded Poland in 1939. Then after, Jews from the surrounding cities of Warsaw were brought to this ghetto and were forced to live a substandard way of life; they were given little food and shelter.
The Germans made this ghetto due to the fact that it was suggested that the Jews were a good source of labor force, and in pursuance also to Adolf Hitler's Final Solution-the extermination of all Jews in Europe. The main German intention of making the ghetto was to assemble all Jews at this particular area; however, this was frustrated because some Jews convened and decided to rebel against the German forces in what is famously known as the Warsaw Ghetto uprising that started on January 18, 1943 and ended on May of that year. The uprising changed Germany's plan for the inhabitants; instead of using the Jews as forced laborers, German forces speedily transported them to extermination camps.
The Jews suffered hunger, torture, and other sorts of human abuses under the hands of the German army. Hunger was the number enemy of the Jews in the ghetto, they were provided with little food that "the daily food rations, allocated to the Warsaw Jews, consisted of 181 calories – about 25% of the rations for non-Jewish Poles, and only 8% of the nutritional value of the food that the Germans received for their official ration coupons (deathcamps.org)."
Knowing that the eventual destination of the Jewish people would be the extermination camps, the best alternative would be to fight the German oppressors and participate in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. In this way, there is a possibility, even the minutest possibility, that the uprising will succeed. Otherwise, eventual death would result for me and my family without even raising a hand against tyranny and persecution.