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Warsaw Ghetto Sealed

Street scene in the Warsaw ghetto showing a section of the wall blocking a major thoroughfare.

Street scene in the Warsaw ghetto showing a section of the wall blocking a major thoroughfare. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

November 15, 1940

German authorities order the Warsaw ghetto in the to be sealed. It is the largest ghetto in both area and population, confining more than 350,000 Jews (about 30 percent of the city's population) in an area of about 1.3 square miles, or 2.4 percent of the city's total area.

At times, before the deportations of July 1942 began, the actual population in Warsaw ghetto approached 500,000.

Polish civilians walk by a section of the wall that separated the Warsaw ghetto from the rest of the city. Warsaw, Poland, 1940–41.

Polish civilians walk by a section of the wall that separated the Warsaw ghetto from the rest of the city. Warsaw, Poland, 1940–41. —Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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