Emanuel Ringelblum Diary

At the Jewish cemetery there are more and more German trips even though there is a big sign ”The Germans not allowed to visit the cemetery”.

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At the Jewish cemetery there are more and more German trips even though there is a big sign ”The Germans not allowed to visit the cemetery”. The reason is obvious: the infamous shed with the bodies [of those who died] of hunger is a terrible indictment against the Germans and their [politics of] starving of the Jewish people. Several times you could hear voices of the indignant Germans saying,” This is German culture”. Recently, one of them, pointing at the shed, said to the other, “With those we are at war”.

Emanuel Ringelblum, 25th May 1942, Warsaw

E. Ringelblum, “The chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto”, Warsaw, 1988; diary from JHI collection, Ringelblum Archive; translated from Yiddish by A. Rutkowski

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