There’s a picture making the rounds. This picture looks like a reprint of a New York Times front page from May 10, 1943. Perhaps you've seen it.
The headlines are shocking. They present the Warsaw ghetto uprising by Jews against a brutal Nazi regime as a Jewish-caused humanitarian crisis and as a 'disproportionate' response to Nazi rule.
To put this horror into perspective, here is some background information about the Warsaw ghetto:
On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. This invasion on this date marks the beginning of World War Two. Poland fought for 28 days. On September 29, 1939, the German’s conquered Poland’s capital city, Warsaw. Poland ceased to exist as a free country.
The Nazis moved quickly against Poland’s Jews. On October 12, 1939, they created the Warsaw ghetto (“Warsaw”, Holocaust Encyclopedia, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, last updated August 18, 2015). The ghetto was walled in with a fence app 10 feet high, topped by barbed wire.
The area for this ghetto was 1.3 square miles. The Nazis crammed app 400,000 Jews into this area. That meant that there were 7.2 Jews per room in the ghetto (ibid).
Conditions in the ghetto became horrific. For example, by 1941, the official Nazi food ration for Poland provided 2613 calories per day for Germans in Poland, 699 calories for Poles, and 184 calories for Jews in the ghetto (Charles G Roland, Courage Under Siege: Disease, Starvation and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto, Oxford University Press, New York, 1992, Chapter 6).
Humans cannot survive on 184 calories a day. Starvation ravaged the ghetto. Desperate mothers took to hiding under their beds children who had died from disease and/or starvation, in order to qualify for higher food rations that would have normally gone to those dead children (ibid). Between 1940 and mid-1942 alone, some 83,000 Warsaw Ghetto Jews died of starvation and disease (US Holocaust Memorial Museum, above, ibid)—more than 20 per cent of the ghetto’s population.
In 1941, typhus epidemics decimated the ghetto. Matters were made worse when sewage pipes froze and human excrement was dumped onto the street. Tens of thousands died (“The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (April 19 - May 16, 1943”, The American Experience, npr, no date). Most of the rest of the population was deported to a ‘death-center’—the Treblinka concentration camp.
During the summer of 1942 alone, the Germans deported more than 250,000 Jews from the ghetto to Treblinka (ibid, and, “The Warsaw ghetto uprising”, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, no date). When reports of mass murder in Treblinka leaked back to the ghetto, a group of mostly young people formed resistance cells (ibid).
By 1943, Germans had deported perhaps 300,000 Jews—and had shot dead (in the streets) some 35,000 more. Sometime between January-April, 1943, a German police officer was badly injured, presumably by Jewish resistance fighters (npr, ibid). According to one version of the ghetto’s history (ibid), this event enraged the Nazis (how dare Jews fight back!).
Provoked, the Germans stopped deportations to Treblinka. Heinrich Himmler himself ordered the ghetto to be liquidated (ibid). At 3am, April 19, 1943, the Nazis surrounded the ghetto. They began to turn the Warsaw ghetto into a killing zone.
They used 2000 fully-armed German troops, tanks, armored cars, light-anti-aircraft guns, at least one howitzer, machine guns, flame throwers, rifles, pistols and grenades. They went into the ghetto to kill everyone, including some 700-750 Jewish resistance fighters (ibid).
The Jews of the ghetto, meanwhile, had managed to stockpile a few thousand grenades, a few hundred rifles, revolvers and pistols—and a couple of light machine guns. The German army felt it could kill everyone in the ghetto of 60,000 Jews in three days (ibid). It took more than a month—perhaps, according to some, two months (Seymour Rossel, “Holocaust: an end to innocence; Jewish Resistance-the Warsaw ghetto uprising, rossel .net/holocaust, no date).
In the end, a few Jews escaped through the sewers. The rest were murdered or shipped off to camps—and then murdered.
The Warsaw ghetto was a Nazi crime of Epic proportions. To print a front page like this would have been appalling.
It seems that the 'reprint' is a fake. Look at it closely:
Perhaps the first hint of a hoax here appears in the top left box next to the paper's name, THE NEW YORK TIMES. The words in the box say, "All the news the fits our agenda".
Those words are a 'play' on the traditional New York Times "logo" that said, "All the news that's fit to print".
Can you find other hoax hints?