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Life of a Polish Jew

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FC: Life of A Polish Jew | Ariella Ostersetzer

1: Seventeen thousand Polish Jews were deported from Germany to Poland on October 27-28, 1938.

2: Seventeen year old Polish Jew, Herchel Grynszpan, shot Third Secretary, Ernst Vom Rath on November 7, 1938. He was fighting back because of Nazi oppression. This event was said to have sparked Kristallnacht. They sent him to a concentration camp and he was said to have survived the holocaust. | This picture above is a picture of Herchel Grynszpan.

3: On November 9-10, 1938, Nazis burned synagogues and broke windows of Jewish businesses. Many were killed and 30, 000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps. This event was the beginning of Hitlers Final Solution. | Kristalnacht

4: On September 1, 1939, Germany attacked Poland. The Germans burned synagogues and rounded up Polish Jews and sent them to concentration camps. | The Photo to the right are the Nazis invading Poland. And the Photo above is a synagogue in Poland that the Germans Burned on this day.

5: On November 1939, Polish Jews were forced to wear "Star of David". | October 26, 1939, Polish Jews ages 14-60 were demanded to do forced labor.Such as digging ditches, shoveling snow and cleaning the streets. | These photos are all pictures of Polish Jews during World War II.

6: Dear diary, Today my family was forced to wear these yellow stars, the Star of David. The Germans are forcing it on us. I'm confused and am not sure why we have to. My parents won't tell my why. I'm 18 years old, I'm old enough to be aware of what is going on around me. Sooner or later I will find out what is really going on and why the Nazis' have invaded our country. -Ariella Ostersetzer November 23, 1939 | This picture below represents the Star of David which was what the Jews were forced to wear. The Germans made them wear these so they could identify them easier when putting them in ghettos.

7: The picture to the right is a picture of the after effects of Kristallnacht. The middle picture is a picture of the remains of the Warsaw ghetto. | The picture below is a burning synagogue that the Germans caught fire on the Night of Broken Glass | The photo to the right is a street sign in Poland saying Jews are forbidden to walk on the sides of the streets. This artifact explains how harsh the laws against Jews were,

8: On October 12, 1940 the Warsaw Ghettos were created in Poland. Many people died of starvation and disease each month | Later in September-October of 1942, the Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto were deported to the Treblinka killing center. During this operation the Germans killed 35,000 Jews inside the ghetto. | Jews Being deported. | These bottom three photos are photos of Polish Jews in the Warsaw ghettos

9: November 1, 1940 Dear diary, I'm so hungry. I wish I could have a ration of bread. We barely get any food ever since we got forced into the ghetto. I feel like I can't breath sometimes because there are so many people in one room. It's extremely crowded and I can't take it. Mother has been trying to calm me down but it doesn't seem to be working. I'm so scared. The other family living with us has already lost a son from starvation. I hope I'm not next.. -Ariella Ostersetzer

10: This is a diary entry written by a Polish-Jewish woman during WWII. This entry explains the last few days in the Warsaw ghetto. There is also a hand drawn map of a secret hide out. The writer of this entry is unknown.

11: Krackow Ghetto | The Krackow Ghetto was one of the five major ghettos in Poland. It was created in March of 1941. | The far top left picture is representing Jews lined up to enter the ghetto. The bottom left picture is the enterance of the Krackow Ghetto. | The top right picture is displaying the remains of Jewish belongings. And the bottom right picture is showing is showing Jews at the famous ghetto.

12: Anne Frank was a polish Jew and her family and her went into hiding from the Nazis in 1942. They were later found. These are some of her diary entries.

13: Dear diary, Today I saw a woman and her little baby get shot right before my eyes. The woman was weeping and talking in between sobs. I only heard a little bit of what she said, I couldn't understand much, plus I couldn't stop shoveling the snow or the Germans would have beat me or possibly eve shot me as well. The woman kept crying and pleading about how her baby was sick and cold and hungry but the SS officer showed no sympathy, and thats why he shot her after she wouldn't leave when he said to get back to her station. I'm praying for that woman tonight. God please help us. -Ariella Ostersetzer

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