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May 2023: 80 years since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


Some insurrections in history were doomed to failure from the start but their real purpose was to show the enemy that dignity is unbreakable. This is the case of the Warsaw ghetto, one of the hundreds of ghettos (prisons) created during the Nazi occupation, whose people led an inspirational rebellion between 1942 and 1943.

Around 450,000 people were crowded together in the Warsaw ghetto, without enough food or water and no public services. Amidst these terrible conditions, Warsaw began to organize an armed resistance when the Nazis initiated an operation to exterminate the entire Jewish population.

Young people formed the Jewish Fighting Organizations (ZOB in Polish) and managed to smuggle weapons to face the German troops. Still, the Nazis succeeded in emptying the Warsaw ghetto to take people to their deaths, leaving only 55,000 people behind by the end of 1942. 

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Text: Andreína ChávezArtwork: Óscar Coraspe.


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