Abraham Lewin Diary

Today it was announced in the occupant’s tabloid, issued in Polish in Warsaw, that all Gypsies arrested in Warsaw powiat, would be deported and placed in a ghetto.

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Today it was announced in the occupant’s tabloid, issued in Polish in Warsaw, that all Gypsies arrested in Warsaw powiat, would be deported and placed in a ghetto. At the same time, they list the following “humanitarian” stipulations: the men shall be sent to labour camps and without any compensation all their belongings shall be confiscated, that is, agricultural equipment and horses. It is allowed to confiscate everything that a Gypsy family possesses and carries around. In practice, it will lead to the deportation of Gypsy men to labour camps, where they will die of hard labour and malnutrition. The other Gypsies, naked and barefoot, will be placed in the ghetto, where they will also die of hunger and because of the epidemic.

[...] They will probably arouse pity and compassion in us, but we will not be able to help them, just like we have not been able to alleviate the plight of thousands of our own refugees, who die everyday before my eyes.


Abraham Lewin, 28th 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

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