Men and women forced to surrender

The Jewish Fighting Organization during Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Warsaw, Poland, 1943. Jewish Resistance Fighters

The Nazis began to liquidate the Warsaw Ghetto in April 1943, transporting its remaining Jewish residents to death camps. But they ran into mass armed resistance led by the Jewish underground. The Jewish Fighting Organization and the Jewish Military Union held out for almost a month, fighting house to house, as the Nazis burned the ghetto to the ground. The Nazi forces documented their brutality with a photographic report. In this photo, Jewish fighters have been surrounded by the Nazis and forced to surrender. Note the young man at left, whose fist is clenched in defiance.