Warsaw Ghetto tracing Ella's footsteps

"The ghetto was surrounded by high walls, with barbed wire and broken glass on top. There were refugees pouring in from surrounding towns and villages, escorted by German guards. The ghetto was overcrowded. There were 10 to 15 people living in a room. There was malnutrition, starvation, epidemics and disease. Starving children in rags were begging in the streets. 'Give me a piece of bread, or a couple of Groschen. I haven’t eaten for days.''"

Ella Blumenthal
Warsaw Ghetto

A map of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. For more information and additional maps detailing key facts related to the Warsaw Ghetto and the Uprising, visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum media essay.

USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia: Warsaw

In the fall of 1940, 30 percent of Warsaw's 1.3 million inhabitants were forced into 2.4 percent of the city's area. Archival film footage and eyewitness testimony uncover the horrid conditions and brutal oppression that culminated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.


Daily Life in the Warsaw Ghetto

Surviving in the ghetto was a daily challenge. The Jews within the ghetto walls lived in deplorable conditions, facing extreme overcrowding, imposed poverty, and rampant starvation.