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THE WARSAW GHETTO IS NO MORE (Illustration) Civil Rights Disasters Geography Social Studies World War II Ethics Film

This image is from the Stroop Report which describes the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and related events, between April 19-May 16, 1943. From the German Federal Archives, the picture has this caption (translated into English from German): “During the suppression of the rebellion and the destruction of the ghetto, more than 50,000 people were killed or deported to extermination camps. Shown here: transport to the death camps.” Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-41636-0002; License CC BY-SA 3.0

 

CAUTION:  THIS CHAPTER, AND ITS LINKS, ARE ABOUT GRUESOME ACTS OF WAR.

The Stroop Report, an album of horrifying pictures (Bildbericht) and narrative detail, gave Hitler the news he wanted to hear:

The Warsaw Ghetto Is No More

Before Hitler’s troops killed their victims, they took pictures of what they found. They documented people living in primitive and atrocious conditions. They snapped photos of people hiding wherever they could: in houses, in bunkers, in cellars, in dug-outs.

Stroop himself had watched the ghetto burn. After the destruction was complete, he filed his report. (Follow this link to read the full report instead of the summary.)

The SS had utterly and totally destroyed the second-largest Jewish community in the world. Stroop, who survived the war, was later tried for war crimes.

He was found guilty by an American tribunal at Dachau, a former Nazi concentration camp. Stroop was executed - some say fittingly - in Warsaw on 8 September 1951.

Wladyslaw Szpilman, however, miraculously survived.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jan 01, 2003

Updated Last Revision: Jul 11, 2017


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