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To what extent do sources A, D, and E give a full and accurate picture of life in the Warsaw ghetto?

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Question 4, To what extent do sources A, D, and E give a full and accurate picture of life in the Warsaw ghetto? For this question I am going to examine Sources A, D and E to see the extent in which they provide useful evidence, which helps give us a full and accurate picture of life in the Warsaw ghetto. All of these sources provide us with evidence that ranges from primary evidence into secondary evidence, thus giving us a depth of information that when compared offers us a number of similarities which help provide us with a full and accurate picture of life within the Warsaw ghetto and helps us understand what the Jews were being put through. The living conditions inside the ghettos were absolutely appalling. Overcrowding was a big mistreatment, with an average of thirteen people to one room. Before the importation of Jew into Warsaw, which was known as 'judenfrei', there were forty thousand Jews in Warsaw, after 'judenfrei' this immensely increased to massive number of fifty thousand! Without any proper heating, sanitation, clean water or food, there were a massive number of deaths from starvation and disease. ...read more.

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While this gives the impression of a meek and passive people who have abandoned all hope and their will to live, we must not make the mistake of assuming that the ghetto population lost their sense of self-respect or their will to survive. As Susan Willoughby states in The Holocaust, "on the contrary, in the ghettos ad the camps there was defiance and resistance which showed themselves in a variety of ways". Source A provides such film footage that would easily give you the impression that the Jewish peoples who have abandoned all hope and lost all will to live. Its shows us in a clear way of the atrocious living conditions within the Warsaw ghetto, highlighting the overcrowded and cold living quarters and the severity of the mistreatment, malnutrition, starvation, disease and death. The lack of heating is also portrayed in a good clear way, as the sources shows us people wrapped up in blankets, inside their dwellings, trying to keep warm. The images shown are very striking in terms of the enormous human suffering endured by the Jewish peoples within the ghetto, and it portrays an admirable dignity for the Jews in the face of atrocity. ...read more.

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Overall, Source A provides video footage that shows us appalling conditions, starvation, disease and death. However, the video footage may give the watcher the impression that the Jewish people were submissive, without hope, self-respect, or having any will whatsoever to survive. Although, this source could also be interpreted as demonstrating the admirable sense of dignity while staring into the face of atrocity and persecution. Sources D and E provide evidence that the Jewish community were not submissive, and had managed to organise events, cultural groups, religious gatherings, and health and social service. These sources, along with the use of source A help give a more rounded up picture of the life and times inside the ghetto. Thus through the usage of source A, D and E we can draw a full and accurate picture of life in the Warsaw Ghetto. We can conclude that from the three sources we can interpret life in the ghetto as a life that maintained the will to survive, but the life showed us that the Jewish population had had an amazing sense of dignity while facing these terrible times, and facing the persecution of their religion and culture. Indeed the ghetto and the Final Solution was a persecution of their very right to live. ...read more.

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