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March 13, 1943

Liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto

From March 13–16, 1943, SS and police authorities liquidate the Krakow ghetto.

During the operation the SS kill approximately 2,000 Jews in the ghetto and transfer about 8,000 Jews, including the members and families of the Jewish council, and the Krakow ghetto police force to Plaszow. The SS and Police transport approximately 3,000 more Krakow Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the camp authorities select 499 men and 50 women for forced labor. The rest, approximately 2,450 people, are murdered in the gas chambers.

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