young children of the Bedzin (Poland) Ghetto peacefully bide their
time. Occupied by the Germans on September 4, 1939, Bedzin had 27,000
Jewish inhabitants, approximately 45 percent of the town's entire
population. Confiscation of Jewish property, forced labor, deprivation,
and, ultimately, deportation to Auschwitz were slated for the Jews
of Bedzin. After the first wave of deportations to Auschwitz, a
Resistance movement attempted to make contact with the Polish underground.
The ghetto was liquidated by the Nazis in August 1943.
Arnold Shay / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive