Warsaw district handbill announcing penalties for anyone caught assisting Jews
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Warsaw district handbill announcing penalties for anyone caught assisting Jews

A handbill announcing the death penalty for anyone caught assisting Jews who left the Warsaw ghetto without authorization. This poster is dated September 5, 1942, and was distributed by the SS and Police leader of the Warsaw district in Poland. The announcement is printed in both German and Polish. 

The Nazis established the Warsaw ghetto in October 1940. By November, the Jewish residents had been required to move in and the ghetto was sealed. Conditions in the ghetto were grave, with meager food rations, overcrowding, and disease. Starting in July of 1942, German SS and police units carried out mass deportations from the ghetto to the Treblinka killing center. These continued until September 12, 1942. During that time, Germans deported approximately 265,000 Jews to their death and killed an additional 35,000. 


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