Częstochowa Ghetto uprising

The Częstochowa Ghetto uprising was an insurrection in Poland's Częstochowa Ghetto against German occupational forces during World War II. It took place in late June 1943, resulting in some 2,000 Jews being killed.

The first instance of armed resistance took place on January 4, 1943, at the so-called Large Ghetto established by the Germans in April 1941.[1] During the 'selection' of some 500 Jews to be deported to the ghetto in Radomsko, shooting broke out at the Warsaw Square (now, Ghetto Heroes Square) in which Mendel Fiszelewicz (Fiszelowicz) along with Isza Fajner were killed. 50 young Jews were executed in reprisal.[2]

Częstochowa Ghetto uprising
Czestochowa ghetto Rynek Warszawski circa 1944
Shelled Warsaw Square in Częstochowa circa 1944 after the Częstochowa Ghetto uprising, renamed as Ghetto Heroes Square after the war
LocationCzęstochowa Ghetto, Nazi occupied Poland
LaunchedJune 25, 1943
SuppressedJune 30, 1943

Full-scale insurgency

The final liquidation of the so-called Small Ghetto (work camp for munitions factory) commenced in June 1943,[3] after four months of mass executions at the Cemetery (Jewish elders, children, intellectuals) and 'selections' of Jews for deportations to slave labour camps including in Bliżyn.[2] On June 25 (or 26), 1943 a full uprising broke out, organized by the Organisation of Jewish Fighters,[4] even though the insurgents were weakly armed. They barricaded themselves in bunkers along the Nadrzeczna Street. In the fighting and subsequent massacres 1,500 Jews died. The leader of the uprising, Mordechaj Zylberberg, committed suicide as the Germans were about to capture his bunker on Nadrzeczna. The uprising was suppressed on June 30, 1943 with additional 500 Jews burned alive or buried beneath the rubble of the Small Ghetto. The remaining 3,900 fugitives were rounded up and sent to camp in Warta or incarcerated at the nearby work prisons, Hasag Pelcery and Huta Częstochowa.[2] However, the Częstochowa Ghetto was not liquidated. Some 10,000 Jews were brought in from Skarżysko-Kamienna in 1944. Around 5,200 of them were liberated by the Red Army in mid January 1945.[2]


  1. ^ The Jews of Czestochowa. Coexistence—Holocaust—Memory, 2004. PDF 875.6 KB. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jewish community of Częstochowa. History". Virtual Shtetl. Museum of the History of Polish Jews. pp. 5 of 5. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  3. ^ Andrew Rajcher (translated from Polish original), The Częstochowa Ghetto. World Society of Częstochowa Jews and Their Descendants (Home Page). Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Shmuel Krakowski (translated from Hebrew by David Fachler) (2010). "Armed Resistance". YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
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First Battle of Lida (April 1919)

Battle of Berezina (1919)

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Battle of Daugavpils: joint Polish-Latvian operation (3 January 1920)

Battle of Latyczów (18-22 February 1920)

Battle of Koziatyn (25–27 April 1920)

Battle of Czarnobyl (27 April 1920)

Battle of the Berezina (1920) (15 May 1920)

Kiev Offensive (May–June 1920)

Battle of Wołodarka (29 May 1920)

Battle of Bystryk (31 May 1920)

Battle of Boryspil (2 June 1920)

Battle of Borodzianka (11-13 June 1920)

Battle of Głębokie (4-6 July 1920)

Battle of Mironówka

Battle of Olszanica

Battle of Żywotów

Battle of Miedwiedówka

Battle of Dziunków

Battle of Wasylkowce

Battle of Grodno (19-20 July 1920)

Battle of Brody (29 July – 2 August 1920)

Battle of Serock

Battle of Ostrołęka (2-6 August 1920)

Battle of Lwów (July–September 1920)

Battle of Tarnopol (31 July - 6 August 1920)

Battle of Warsaw (15 August 1920)

Battle of Nasielsk, Battle of Radzymin, Battle of Ossów, Battle of Borkowo, Battle of Kock (14–15 August 1920)

Battle of Cyców (15–16 August 1920)

Battle of Dęblin and Mińsk Mazowiecki (16–18 August 1920)

Battle of Zadwórze: the "Polish Thermopylæ" (17 August 1920)

Battle of Przasnysz (21–22 August 1920)

Battle of Sarnowa Góra (21–22 August 1920)

Battle of Białystok (22 August 1920)

Battle of Zamość (29 August 1920) - Budyonny's attempt to take Zamość

Battle of Komarów: great cavalry battle, ending in Budyonny's defeat (31 August 1920)

Battle of Hrubieszów (1 September 1920)

Battle of Sejny (September 1920)

Battle of Kobryń (1920) (14–15 September 1920)

Battle of Dytiatyn (16 September 1920)

Battle of Brzostowica (20 September 1920)

Battle of the Niemen River (September 26–28, 1920)

Battles of Obuchowe and Krwawy Bór (27–28 September 1920)

Battle of Zboiska

Battle of Minsk (1920) (18 October 1920)

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The conflict began when the city of Danzig, along with the Polish episcopate and a portion of the Polish szlachta, did not recognize the election of Bathory to the Commonwealth throne and instead supported the candidature of Emperor Maximilian. This led to a short conflict, of which the siege of Danzig was the last part.

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