Countdown to World Youth Day: Marking the Holocaust and Warsaw’s Uprisings

By Carrie Gress

World War II was perhaps the darkest period of Poland’s history. It is difficult to wrap one’s mind around just how awful it was. Certainly it was beyond horrific for the Jews that made up 10 percent of Poland’s population, but it was also a nightmare for non-Jewish Poles. The Nazis, in their maniacal drive to create the “master race,” killed six million Jews from all over Europe, while nearly two million non-Jewish Poles were killed for their “inferior race.” Twenty percent of the Polish population died in World War II.

While much attention is given to the death camps, such as Auschwitz and Treblinka, stories of Jews and Poles fighting back against their Nazi oppressors are not well known.

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Posted on April 19, 2016 .