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The Warsaw Ghetto: A Pictorial Remembrance


Exhibition TypeTravelling exhibition
Event DateApril 18, 1996–June 7, 1996
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionCreated by the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland and on loan from the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Kansas City, The Warsaw Ghetto features fifty-seven black-and-white photographs of life in the ghetto captured by German soldier Willi Georg in 1941. In 1939, the Jewish community of Warsaw was the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. In 1940, on Yom Kippur, the Nazis ordered the establishment of the Warsaw ghetto. Within weeks, the ghetto was sealed off from the rest of the world by a brick wall and the population swelled to 450,000. Ghetto life was a constant confrontation with death and survival demanded unflagging resourcefulness and heroic reserves of spiritual resistance, all of which are documented in this moving exhibition.