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Resettlement Order for the Jewish Ghetto

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The "Judenrat" of the Warsaw Ghetto (Jewish people in charge of the ghetto) were given a "resettlement" order on the the 22nd of July, 1942.  They were effectively charged with helping to select individuals to be sent to concentration camps. 

Their instructions—translated, here, into English—were:

All Jews will be resettled to the east, regardless of age and sex, with the exception of:

Jews working for German institutions or companies
Jews working for the Judenrat
Jewish hospital staff
Members of the Jewish Order Service
Wifes and children of above-mentioned persons
Patients of a Jewish hospital on the day of resettlement.

Each person to be resettled is allowed take with them 15 kg luggage and all valuables: Gold, jewellery, money etc.

Provisions for three days is necessary.

The resettlement will start on 22 July 1942, 11 o'clock (11 a.m.).

The Judenrat is responsible for delivery of 6,000 persons daily until 4 p.m. Assembly point is the Jewish hospital at Stawki Street.

On 22 July 1942, the Jewish hospital at Stawki Street has to be emptied so that the building can be used for the people being resettled.

The Judenrat has to announce the German orders.

Punishments:
Each Jew who tries to leave the ghetto during the resettlement action will be shot.
Each Jew who acts against the resettlement will be shot.
Each Jew who doesn't belong to the above-mentioned persons and who is discovered in Warsaw after the resettlement action will be shot.

The first contingents put together by the Judenrat will consist of refugee assembly institutions, prisons and old people's homes.

If these orders will not be carried out, a corresponding number of hostages will be shot.

"Resettlement" in this context, of course, was a euphemism for something much worse than just moving from one's home to resettle someplace else. Why else would the order state: "Each Jew who acts against the resettlement will be shot."

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Oct 19, 2019


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Image of announcement online, courtesy DeathCamps.org

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