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I recently finished reading Raul Hilberg's Destruction of the European Jews and viewing the film Shoah. Hilberg provides documentation on the monthly amount of food delivered to the Warsaw ghetto and its population, so daily caloric intake can be estimated: about 500 calories. In Shoah, Jan Karski, a Polish courier, describes his experience in a short escorted time within the ghetto: people dying on the street.
This film's material was staged and intended to be Nazi propaganda, but something of life and death in the ghetto in May 1942 can be appreciated. Watching it, somehow I felt I was myself for a time like Karski, on the streets like a ghost, able to move up with the camera to see people on a high ghetto footbridge spanning a walled street for Aryans. Seeing small children in rags with thin legs sitting on the street, one child lying not moving next to the gutter, corpses placed there to be removed, pedestrians walking by -- some well dressed, recent arrivals from the Reich? Those still with belongings to sell? Judenrat employees? Actors given costumes? Unnerving. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Partridgefoot (talk • contribs) 19:49, 16 September 2014 (UTC)