On Monday, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews unveiled recently discovered photographs showing the Nazis brutally suppressing the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt in 1943.
The photographer’s son recently found the pictures in a relative’s attic. A Polish firefighter secretly took them as German forces set fire to the Jewish ghetto.
Zbigniew Leszek Grzywaczewski, the photographer, spent approximately four weeks in the ghetto (most likely between April 21 and May 15, 1943).
During the conflict, he kept a notebook in which he wrote:
“For the rest of my life, I’ll remember seeing those folks taken out of there [out of the bunkers—ZSK].
Their features had a bizarre, vacant appearance, and the figures were filthy and tattered, stumbling from hunger.
People are shot dead in large numbers, while others still living are trampled over by the deceased.
The largest Jewish uprising against the Nazi dictatorship during the Holocaust lasted from April 19 (Passover eve) through May 16, 1943.
To prevent the fire from spreading to the homes on the “Aryan” side, the Germans dispatched firefighters into the blazing ghetto.
The 23-year-old firefighter snapped the pictures at that point, according to the museum, which is situated on the site of the former ghetto.