“You understand, O LORD; remember me and attend to me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience, do not take me away. Know that I endure reproach for Your honor.” —Jeremiah 15:15
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Begins, April 19, 1943
ot all battles of the Second World War (1939-1945) were fought by regular armies in the major theatres of the war. Not all the Jews and other hated minorities went quietly to their deaths in gas chambers. In 1942, more than a quarter million Jews had been hauled off from German-occupied Warsaw, Poland to the death camp at Treblinka. On April 19, 1943, the Nazis returned to cart off the remaining 60,000 (about 40,000 there by permission and 20,000 in hiding). A thousand or so Jews of all ages and genders, determined to sell themselves dearly from subterranean bunkers and ambush points. In what became the largest Jewish armed resistance of the war, known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the resistance became a block by block, house by house, fight to the death.
German troops march through Warsaw, Poland, September, 1939