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Appearances of Normality

No. 1 Hospital, 34/36 Łagiewnicka Street

People imprisoned in the ghetto were very determined to maintain appearances of normal life, using the sphere of relative peace the Germans had left them. Besides the official life, sanctioned by Rumkowski’s administration, political organisations resumed their activity, and religious and family life was rebuilt, even though the conditions were extremely difficult. The Community Centre, subordinated to Rumkowski, organised concerts and theatre performances, basing on the talent of artists imprisoned in the ghetto. There were also a number of youth organisations in Marysin.

People paid for this with increasingly hard work and extreme hunger. Undernourishment led to a high mortality rate. Debility made people more susceptible to infectious diseases, including mostly dysentery, typhus, and tuberculosis, which decimated the ghetto inhabitants. Until the liquidation of the ghetto, over 43,500 people died of them.

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