The Nazi Uprising: The Cause Of The Ghetto Uprising

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The Germans had planned to destroy the ghetto in three days. The Jews lasted for at least a month. Resistance fighters succeeded in hiding in the sewers, even though the Germans tried flood them and then force them out with smoke bombs. Not until May 8 did the Nazis manage to take the ZOB bunker. People hiding there surrendered, many of the survivors committed suicide instead of being captured; Mordecai Anielewicz the leader of the resistance killed himself. The one-sided battle continued until May 16, in till the resistance started to wear out and become tired and weak. Total casualty of the revolt are uncertain, but the Germans lost several hundred soldiers during the 28 days that it took them to kill or deport over 40,000
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