Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Warsaw Ghetto: Planned Starvation Policy Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: The Nizkor Project http://www.nizkor.org At its most swollen, the ghetto housed 445,000 Jews, and was the largest concentration of Jews and Jewish workers in Poland. The ghetto's living conditions would have been irrational if the Germans' designs for Polish Jews had accorded any significant place for them to work productively; the Germans' policies, in fact, form a textbook plan of how to turn healthy, able workers quickly into shadows of human beings, into decrepit living skeletons, or real ones. The Warsaw ghetto contained 30 percent of Warsaw's population in 2.4 percent of its area, making for a population density of 200,000 per square mile. It had a housing density of over 9 people per ROOM in every apartment. Water, heating, and sewage were catastrophically inadequate. The unbearable overpopulation of the ghetto together with the unhealful hygienic conditions were alone bound to produce illness and disease. Yet the food situation, which amounted to a policy of planned starvation, made these other inhuman conditions, by comparison, seem livable. The official daily food ration for Jews of the Warsaw ghetto was 300 calories. For Poles it was 634 calories, and for Germans it was 2310. The Jews did not even receive all of this pitiful, offical allotment. The predictable, expected consequences of this policy occured. The inhabitants of the ghetto quickly reached a permanent state of semi-starvation, producing a dangerously weakened population unsuitable for sustained work, let alone for physically taxing employment. The number of deaths in the ghetto, mainly due to starvation and its attendant afflictions, was staggering, averaging about 4,650 Jews per month between May 1941 and May 1942, which was over 1 percent of the population each month, or 12 percent a year. Work Cited Goldhagen, Dr. Daniel. "Hitler's Willing Executioners," Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1996. 289.
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