The Warsaw ghetto uprising took place in Warsaw, Poland and was a conflict between the german nazis and the polish jews. after the german invasion of Poland germany moved about 400,000 jews into an area smaller than 1 square mile, called the ghetto. The ghetto was sealed off with barbed wire and armed guards and anyone that was seen leaving was shot, clearly the conditions were grueling.
About 55,000 to 60,000 Jews stayed in the Warsaw ghetto, and small groups of them united and came together and created self defense groups to fend off the germans. There were groups such as the Jewish Combat Organization, or ZOB, which managed to smuggle in a limited supply of weapons from anti-Nazi Poles. The motivations of the jews was to free themselves from german occupations, this led to an arduous fight. In the uprising an estimated amount of 7,000 jews were perished and about the 50,000 jews were sent to extermination or labor camps meanwhile the germans lost about several hundred men. On jan 18 1943 the germans gathered up about 7,000 jews and sent them to an extermination camp in treblinka, they then killed 600 more in Warsaw and on that same day an uprising began. At the start small jewish organizations such as the jewish Fighting organization had about only 600 volunteers and the jewish military association had about 400 which a significantly smaller amount compared to the german nazis. They only had 10 handguns as well showing how weak they were, howeevery they still believed it was better to die fighting , since they faced the fact that they were going to die both ways.
Later on, on april 19 1943 Himmler sent in SS forces and their confederates with tanks and heavy cannons to eradicate the Warsaw ghetto, hundreds of resistance fighters that were armed with a small stache the of weapons fought the germans back who largely outnumbered them ,the germans continued to destroy the ghetto, by bulldozing the ghetto buildings, block by block, as well as destroying the bunkers that many jews were residing and hiding in. By may 16th the ghetto was heavily under Nazi control . Stroop however wanted to make a symbolic act so he officially reported that the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw “no longer exists.” then Himmler ordered a celebratory event: which was blowing up the synagogue that was built in 1877. There were many survivors who lived to tell the story and that were scared by this event such as an old woman named Vladka.
This woman belonged to the youth movement of the Bund ( the jewish socialist party). She was active in the warsaw ghetto underground and she was a member of the jewish fighting organization (ZOB). In December 1942, she was smuggled out to the Aryan, Polish side of Warsaw to obtain arms and as well as to find hiding places for children and adults. She tells her story in an interview where she was asked about the day of the explosion and the transcript of the interview is as followed