The ghetto wasn’t built in a day

“I was not allowed to get to the window in the evening, because there were patrols and at night there was always a shooting” – says Barbara Marlow (born 1931), a Survivor who participated in the Warsaw Uprising as a member of the scout movement. In the second film of ‘The Message’ series, entitled The Ghetto wasn’t built in a day, the circumstances of the uprising in the autumn of 1940, i.e. the “Jewish residential district” and the conditions prevailing in it, are discussed by:

  • Isaac Wacław Kornblum (born 1926) – a Survivor, author of the book ‘Memories. My version’;
  • Zbigniew Galperyn (born 1929) – a member of the Grey Ranks, participant of the Warsaw Uprising;
  • Janina Garbień née Jasik (born 1925) – a participant of the Warsaw Uprising, living during the occupation in Warsaw on Krochmalna Street, the border of the ghetto;
  • Zbigniew Daab AKA Kapiszon (born 1929) – a participant of the Warsaw Uprising;
  • Marian Kalwary (born 1930) – a Survivor;
  • Larissa Cain née  Sztorchan (born 1932) – a Survivor.

Created from material recorded during the implementation of the project of the Education Department of the WGM ‘The Home Army on the tragedy of Polish Jews’, which is part of the program of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – ‘Independent’.

From the interviews recorded at that time, we chose parts concerning the uprising and functioning of the Warsaw Ghetto – from the moment of its creation to its tragic end, as well as statements about pre-war, Jewish-Polish Warsaw.

The message is the main thought contained in someone’s statement – each of us can find it in a different part of the presented memories.