Clare Mulley

The defiance of the ‘ghetto girls’ who resisted the Nazis

Judy Batalion celebrates the women of the Warsaw ghetto whose courage and ingenuity saved many Jews from certain death

Women from the Warsaw ghetto arrested by Nazi officers for resistance. Credit: Getty Images

‘Jewish Resistance in Poland: Women Trample Nazi Soldiers,’ ran a New York headline in late 1942. That autumn, the Nazi occupying forces in the ancient town of Lubliniec, in southern Poland, had forced the Jewish community to assemble in the square. As men, women, the elderly and children were ordered to strip, a dozen women suddenly attacked their persecutors, scratching, biting and hurling stones.

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