The Causes Of Starvation During The Ghettos

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Starvation in the Ghettos
Starvation during the Holocaust led many people to painful, everlasting days and eventually death. Not only was it the supply of food, but it was the type of food that bothered them the most. The limited amount of food took a toll on them mentally and physically to a point where some could not even walk. Finally, about 2 million children and adults died during the Holocaust on the behalf of starvation and illness.
The amount of food provided in the Ghettos during the Holocaust was scarce. “Hunger was one of the greatest problems. The meagre rations were merely intended to keep the prisoners alive” (“Daily Life” 5). In the morning, they would get tea or coffee, and maybe some watery soup. They were only allowed four slices of potatoes in their soup. Some would place a screen over their bowl so when the soup was poured, the potatoes would get stopped and they could see if they actually did get four. Their lunch consisted of a piece of black bread along with a piece of sausage or cheese if they were lucky. For supper, they were given a single piece of bread that was also supposed to last them till their next meal in the morning. “The rations were smaller every time. Smaller and smaller” (Whipple 2).
Even though they received food, it was not very appetizing. The soup was the worst part, it contained rutabaga, rye flour, Avo food extract, some groats, and potatoes. To newcomers, the soup seemed very unpleasant, guiding them to not eat it. Next is the
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