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Warsaw: Life and Death in the Ghetto which the Germans established there during WWII

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Regarding: Death sentence for leaving illegally the Jewish residential district.

     Recently, in many documented instances, Jews, who have left the residential districts allotted to them, have spread typhus. To safeguard the population against the dangerous threat created by this behavior, the General Governor has ordered that any Jew, who in the future leaves illegally the residential district to which he is allotted, will be punished by a death sentence.

     This same punishment will apply to whoever consciously shelters Jews or in any other way assists them (for instance, by providing overnight accommodation, or sustenance, by giving a ride in any kind of vehicle, etc.)

     The sentence wifi be imposed by the Special Tribunal in Warsaw.

     I explicitly draw the attention of the whole population of the Warsaw District to this new regulations since henceforth it will be applied with merciless severity.

     Warsaw, 10 November 1941

By the Fall of 1941, the Germans institute draconian measures to confine the Jews to the Ghetto. Additionally, an important part of their plan is to isolate Polish Jews from the rest of the Polish population by whatever drastic action is required. Hence, the Germans mount a campaign claiming Jews to be disease carriers. Secondly, any assistance rendered to a Jew is made punishable by execution. The Posting is signed by Fischer, the German Governor of Warsaw. (Click on text in images to enlarge)


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