Ghetto uprising 1943: Jewish life and death in Warsaw

Course Dates: 20/01/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
In April 1943, some 40,000 starving people were still incarcerated in terrible conditions within the Warsaw Ghetto. A few hundred among them – predominantly young people – led an armed rebellion against the Nazis. This course conveys the incredible story of their uprising but also reveals the background of Warsaw's vibrant but increasingly endangered Jewish life in the decades before the uprising. It describes the many forms of resistance that took place after the Nazi invasion, highlights key individuals who played a role, and provides an opportunity to reflects on different aspects of this tragic but inspiring episode during the Holocaust.
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Course Code: HEH69

Sat, day, 20 Jan - 20 Jan '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

It centres on an extraordinary act of collective resistance in 1943 but reveals much else about the 20th century history of Jews in Poland.

What will we cover?

– Aspects of the history of Jew in Poland, and their interaction with the majority community
- Life in Warsaw in the 1930s. why and how the position of Jews deteriorated befoe the Nazi invasion
- Different forms of resistance especially after ghettoization
- the uprising itself and its aftermath
- The role of significant individuals in Warsaw and in relation to Warsaw at that time
- the manner of memorialization within and beyond Warsaw, up to the present day.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- identify key points about Jewish life in 20th century Warsaw, especially with regard to the actions of the young people who led the armed rebellion in 1943
- describe some of the different forms of resistance that took place within the ghetto
- identify some of the key individuals who played a part in these events.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an `introductory` level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a
reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses,
an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more
important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Presentation and discussion; some in-class reading possible, as part of class discussion and examination of key points.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Pen and paper for taking any notes during the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses by David Rosenberg.
Term 2: HBH67 Jews in London from the 1650s to the 1950s - a closer look
Term 3: HLW32 From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born.

David Rosenberg Tutor Website

David Rosenberg is an educator, writer and tour guide specialising in London's social and political history, with a particular interest in the East End. He also has a strong interest in 20th century Polish Jewish history and has visited Warsaw and Krakow several times. David divides his working time between adult education teaching, working on educational and cultural projects, training teachers, writing, giving talks and guiding people on radical history walks. He is the author of Battle for the East End (Five Leaves Publications, 2011) and Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History (Pluto Press, 2015, 2nd edition 2019). He graduated from Leeds University in 1979 with a degree in Politics and Sociology, and from Bristol University in 1982 with a Master's in Sociology of Race Relations. As a teacher and educationalist he has participated in projects in Uganda, South Africa and India. His writing on history and current affairs has featured on several Channel4 websites and in many print publications including the Guardian, New Statesman, TES, Red Pepper. His favourite live band is The Selecter.

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