This Day in History

April 19, 1943: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Began

Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies

 Source: Meczenstwo Walka, Zaglada Zydów Polsce 1939-1945. Poland. No. 463.

On April 19, 1943, the eve of Passover, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began when Nazi forces attempted to clear out the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, to send them to concentration camps.

The Germans were met by gunfire from Jewish resistance fighters who held off the Nazis for 28 days before Warsaw was demolished and they were sent to concentration camps.

How might history have changed if other countries had come to their aid?

Listen to I Remember Warsaw by David Rovics. More images can be found searching this USHMM collection.

In the image, these two women were members of the Jewish resistance. On right is Malka Zdrojewicz who survived the Majdanek extermination camp.