Ghetto is a place of suffering. A place where people strive to survive by all means necessary. A place for the disadvantaged.
I got the inspiration to write this little article after listening a very emotional podcast “voices from the ghetto” from the BBC. The contemporaneous attempt to preserve the memory of life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Warsaw ghetto is one of the numerous ghettos established by the Nazis to confine Jews and sometimes Gypsies into tightly packed areas of the cities of Eastern Europe during the World War II.
Voices from the ghetto tells the tale of the glorious transformation of the Warsaw ghetto from a place of oppression to a place of revolution. A place where almost half a million people were confined to die in the most unimaginable manner; starvation, disease or worst still extermination camps. And the revolution that followed. Though the revolution was crushed, it remains the largest single revolt by the Jews during World War II.
Poland was at the centre of East European Jewish civilization and Warsaw its most populous heartland. In 1940 they were forcibly separated from their Catholic neighbours and confined by Nazi decree, along with hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees, to an impossibly crammed living space. A deliberate policy of starvation, constant predation, disease and the terrors of occupation confronted all within the Ghetto with impossible choices and reduced many to despair.
In the pages of this document lies the touching and glorious history of ghetto. To get the podcast click here