Reinhard Heydrich Tells SS Commanders in Poland to Confine Jews to Special Areas Hot

Reinhard Heydrich Tells SS Commanders in Poland to Confine Jews to Special Areas

Reinhard Heydrich

Reinhard Heydrich instructs his SS commanders in Poland that all Jews in occupied territory must be confined to special areas in cities and towns.

These are the infamous ghettos and will be surrounded by walls, barbed wire, and armed guards. Soon they will be filled not only with Jews from Poland, but Jews shipped in from Germany and other occupied territories.

In his instructions, Heydrich distinguishes between short-term "preliminary measures" and a long-term "final aim" which is not discussed in detail but which clearly exists and is being planned.

The very first ghetto will be established in Piotrkow on October 28, 1939. The two largest ghettos in occupied Poland will be created in Warsaw and Lodz.

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