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The Easter Pogrom, 1940

By dr Katarzyna Person
The pogrom began on Good Friday, 22 March 1940, with mass attacks on Jewish shops and beating randomly met Jews on the streets These events were followed by further violence throughout Easter and the week afterwards, mainly in the Jewish part of the city. Places most commonly appearing in accounts of violence were the Iron Gate Square and the Bank Square areas, other parts of the city, such as Żurawia streets, are mentioned as well.

In March 1940, a delegation of Jewish Social Self-Help representatives was summoned by the German authorities in Krakow [2]. The subject of the appointment was supposed to be the material situation of the Jewish community, but one of the main topics the delegation was raising were events which took place in Warsaw at that time.

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