The Holocaust Ghettos During The Holocaust

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Holocaust Ghettos Ghetto - A section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships (Dictionary.com). Ghettos were just one of the things that made the Holocaust miserable for Jews. They were very important to the Nazis during the Holocaust. They helped them in many ways, and the Nazis probably couldn’t have succeeded; well, partly succeeded; without them. Discussing how and why they were created, the different types of ghettos, the ghetto leaders, and even the life people lived in the ghetto, are all important topics to discuss about ghettos . Ghettos prepared the Jews within for deportation, …show more content…
The Nazis established hundreds of ghettos during the Holocaust, including nine major ones (Altman 9). The biggest ghetto was the Warsaw ghetto, and the smallest was practically unknown because there were so many of them (Altman 9). Ghettos usually only lasted about half a year, but some lasted even until the last days of the Holocaust, and the first days of liberation. All of these ghettos could have been one of three different types. These three types were the closed, open, the destruction ghetto (Ghettos). They were all miserable, but one type stood out to the people as the worst. One person even said, “Naturally, a closed ghetto was destined for doom, and an open one was only a half-catastrophe” (Zeinert 37). All of these ghettos, no matter the type or size, housed a different horror for the Jews of …show more content…
It was horrible. Thousands of people died in ghettos from diseases, malnutrition, murder, or got killed later after being deported. Most Jews placed in ghettos at this point hated the Nazis with their heart and soul, and when the Nazis requested something, the common response was to burn it (Zeinert 40). Almost everybody died in a ghetto, but the oldest and youngest always died first. Often when entering the ghettos, the very oldest and youngest were pulled out and executed on the spot (Zeinert 47). Most people who survived don’t even know how they did it, how they managed to survive all of the situations of the Holocaust, in a time of catastrophe. Life in a ghetto was always bad, no matter who you were. Even the richer people like the Jewish council and the Jewish police had it

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