On October 12, 1940, the Nazi authorities of occupied Warsaw, Poland, forced the Jews to live in a specific area of Warsaw that became known as the Warsaw Ghetto. A wall ten feet high was erected to prevent the Jews from leaving the 1.3 square mile area and having contact with any non-Jews. Living in squalid conditions with little to eat and little hope of escaping, a group of Jews within the ghetto’s walls planned an uprising. From April 1943 until May 1943 Jews offered armed resistance. Unfortunately, they were no match for the overwhelming military superiority of the German forces. On May 16, 1943, their resistance ended. For a more thorough history of the uprising, please see: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005069
Today, rare photos were released of the devastated Warsaw Ghetto. Those can be found at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128817738 along with the complete story.