From Chaim Kapłan’s Diary

Never before have there been in the capital of Poland such brutal disturbances as on 24th and 25th March this year.

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Never before have there been in the capital of Poland such brutal disturbances as on 24th and 25th March this year. Behind the scenes, somebody had been organizing a group of youngsters who attacked Jewish pedestrians. Such group of a few dozens people armed with truncheons, stones etc surrounded a few or about a dozen Jews and beat them without mercy. Jew hunting took place on the streets of Warsaw. [...]

The occupier photographed these street scenes diligently. Some of the scenes they had arranged themselves. Two or three Nazis would for example drive away the hooligans attacking a Jew and meanwhile other Germans would be photographing it. The ingeniousness of the occupier knows no bounds. On one hand they are organizing disturbances, simultaneously staging alleged defence of the victims of the attacks and on the other they are photographing it all for obvious reasons.

Chaim Kapłan, 25th March, 1940, Warsaw

Ch. Kapłan, “The Chronicle of Life”, JHI’s Bulletin no. 1–2, 1963; part 2 no. 2, 1964; diary from JHI’s collections

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