TYPE: Artifact
DIMENSIONS: 4 x 6 in. with 3-1/2 in. knocker.
CONDITION: VG; Still retains some of its original red paint.
ITEM ID: 589

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Warsaw Ghetto Gate Knocker

Year: 1943
Decade: 1940s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

Metal knocker from the main gate of the Warsaw ghetto, marked “De Ghetto” On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, The Nazis made an announcement to the people of Poland on October 12, 1940 that “Jewish residential quarters” were to be set up in Warsaw. 450,000 people were squeezed into a tiny area meant for just over 100,000 residents. Despite heroic resistance, all but approximately 2000 of Warsaw’s Jews were killed, as a result of inhuman ghetto conditions and from deportations to death camps. This artifact is a horrific reminder of those atrocities and the plight of the poor inhabitants of this city.