A Mother Tries To Care For Her Child In Szydłowiec Ghetto

It’s a difficult image to take in. No matter how harrowing some photos of war can be, seeing a child always drives the point home. Here you can see a Polish Jewish woman in the Szydłowiec Ghetto as she nurses her baby.

The image was likely caught during one of the roundups — which would see those living in the Szydłowiec Ghetto deported to the Treblinka extermination camp. This photo was captured in September 1942, when German SS men and auxiliary Ukrainian forces cleared the ghetto and sent nearly all residents to the death camp.

A “Restored Ghetto” was set up a few months after, where any surviving Jewish people were forced to live — until January 1943, when the SS murdered residents of the ghetto. It was a mass execution, including children and the infirm. The last of the residents were sent to Treblinka, effectively wiping out the Jewish population.




Szydłowiec, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland.

September 1942. 

Credit: Anti-Worlds