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A Wave of Terror in the Ghettoes (1942)

Jewish community before 1989 – Accounts, memories
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This article was published on 15 May 1942 in the first issue of the Der Ruf magazine.

Following a bloody night of mass murder in the Warsaw Ghetto on 17/18 April[1.1], similar acts of mass murder took place ten days later in many other places. In the ghettoes in Radom, Kielce, Ostrowiec, Tarnów, Międzyrzecze, Częstochowa and Kraków, Nazi murderers dragged several dozen Jews out of their apartments and shot them on the spot. In Kraków and Częstochowa, executions were not conducted on the spot. Those arrested were taken to the extermination camp in Oświęcim, from where the families of the slain Jews received “official” information that the majority of those arrested had already died!!!

Those nights in the ghettoes, resembling the St.Bartholomew's Day massacre, were aimed at terrorising the Jewish community. There was no point to the bloody terrorist operations of the Nazi torturers. They will not break the spirit of the Jewish people. On the contrary, every new victim of fascist terror strengthens their will to resist and mercilessly battle against these fascist overlords!!![1.2].

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[1.1] On the night of 17/18 April 1942, the Gestapo murdered a large group of Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto; among them were many people involved in printing underground press within the ghetto – ed.

[1.2] Cited after: Mark B., “Fala terroru w Gettach,” Biuletyn Żydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego 1953, no. 1(5), pp. 6–7.

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