Abraham Lewin’s Diary

This morning they closed the entrance to the edifice of the court in Leszno, where tax offices of the ghetto are located.

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This morning they closed the entrance to the edifice of the court in Leszno, where tax offices of the ghetto are located. A personal search of all the Jews in the hall was conducted. They took all their money and made out a receipts for it. The receipts are only fig leaves masking a simple theft. Such lawlessness and such type of robbery are possible only under Hitler’s rule.

Today at 4pm, a German track with carrots passed by Smocza Street. A Jewish boy ran up to it and grabbed a carrot. The German who was walking behind the track, took out a revolver and with perfect calmness shot the boy. With the same calmness, later, he put the revolver back into the pocket.

The boy was injured in his leg and was taken to the hospital on a rickshaw.

Abraham Lewin, 26th May 1942, Warsaw.

A. Lewin, “A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto”, Biuletyn ŻIH no 19–20 1956; diary from JHI collection; Translated from Yiddish by A. Rutkowski


A. Lewin, „Dziennik z getta warszawskiego”, Biuletyn ŻIH nr 19 – 20 1956; dziennik ze zbiorów ŻIH; Przełożył z jidysz A. Rutkowski.

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