World War Two will be remembered by most as the most deadly
war in history. Along with other victims, 6,000,000 Jewish people died.
People did not think for themselves until it was too late. Imagine being
trapped for so long that you forgot what the real life was like. For many
people who were imprisoned there that was what life was like surviving in
the Warsaw Ghetto.
The Warsaw Ghetto was put in the oldest, seediest area in
town. It was marked off with barbed wire fences, walls, and gates. These
encampments were guarded by security or S.S. officers so that Jewish
prisoners couldn't escape Hitler's terror.
The ghetto was overcrowded, sometimes with fourteen people in
rooms that were made for six. With so many people compacted into such a
small area the captives had to find ways to entertain themselves: the
children tried to continue as far as they could go with their school work;
the actors formed theater groups.
These activities caused the time to
pass, and for an instant the people forgot how bad the life was in the
In the ghetto, to make ends meet, you had to do whatever you could.
People working in the outside world brought necessities inside. Most of
the people brought back food, because you never knew when the next
meal would be. Children were caught sneaking out through the cracks in
the walls to scrounge for items for their families.
Ghettos were not clean places. Floors were not washable because
they were never empty of people. At the same time, soap
was virtually non-existent . When an area is filthy, disease spreads rapidly.
The ghettos had many diseases, but the most feared disease was Typhus.
The symptoms were fever and chills, severe headache, weakness in
the arms and...