|The German SS and Wehrmacht has ended all resistance in the ghetto
|1943: Germans crush Jewish uprising
All resistance in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has ended after 28 days of fighting.
In his operational report, the local SS commander, Brigadier Juergen Stroop, said the uprising began on 19 April when SS, police and Wehrmacht units using tanks and other armoured vehicles entered the ghetto to take Jews to the railway station for transportation to concentration camps.
They were repelled by Jews using homemade explosives, rifles, small arms and "in one case a light machine-gun".
He said his troops were involved inpitched battlesday and night with groups of about 20 or 30 Jews - both men and women.
"On April 23 Himmler issued his order to complete the combing out of the Warsaw ghetto with the greatest severity and relentless tenacity. I therefore decided to destroy the entire Jewish residential area by setting every block on fire."
The last battle ended with the destruction of the Great Synagogue today.
They used to board up the windows [of the trams] so you couldn't see how the Jews were being treated.
People's War memories.
Jewish leaders had sent their own reports of the situation during the fighting.
On 28 April the Central Committee of Jewish Labour and the Jewish National Committee in Poland sent a desperate message to the National Council of Poland in London.
It said the SS and German Army have laid siege to the ghetto, attacking the 40,000 remaining Jews with artillery, flame-throwers, high explosive andincendiary bombs.
They have also planted mines in buildings known to harbouring Jewish fighters, while German guards block large drain pipes that have served as escape routes.
"The ghetto is burning," read the message, "and smoke covers the whole city of Warsaw.
"Men, women and children who are not burnt alive are murdered en masse." It said the Jews managed to kill or wound about 1,000 of the enemy and burned down factories and warehouses.
There was an appeal for an immediate response from the Allies. "It is imperative that the powerful retaliation of the United Nations shall fall upon the bloodthirsty enemy immediately and not in some distant future, in a way which will make it quite clear what the retaliation is for."
A second message sent on 11 May said the resistance was nearly over.