Material on this page detailing information about Jewish ghettos. These may include those in Budapest, Lodz, Lublin, Lviv, Loda, Krakow, Kovno, Minsk, Warsaw and Vilna.


Print Resources:


Adler, David A.
DS135.P63 B3753 1995 Check availability
Child of the Warsaw Ghetto
Gr. 3-6
Shows the historical events of the Holocaust through the eyes of young Froim Baum born in 1936 and sent to the Dachau death camp before being liberated by American soldiers.
Suggested Activities for lesson plan.

Altman, Linda Jacobs
D765.2.W3 A76 2012 Check availability
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Striking a Blow Against the Nazis (The Holocaust Through Primary Sources)
Gr. 6 & Up
"Examines the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising...and how the small group of fighters became heroes during the Holocaust."--Publisher

Altman, Linda Jacobs
D804.34.A48 1998 Check availability
The Holocaust Ghettos
Gr. 5-8
Describes the establishment of ghettos throughout Europe and their use as a means of segregating Jews.

Ayer, Eleanor H.
D804.195.A94 1999 Check availability
In the Ghettos: Teens Who Survived the Ghettos of the Holocaust (Teen Witnesses to the Holocaust)
Gr. 6-8
Chronicles the deportation of Jews into ghettos during Hitler's Third Reich and presents the narratives of three individuals who, as teenagers, survived physical deprivations, abuse, and deportation to the death camps.

Bialoszewski, Miron
D765.2.W3 2015 Check Availability
A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
With Soviet forces on the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted against five years of Nazi occupation, an uprising that began in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it came to a tragic end.

Byers, Ann
D804.48.B947 2010 Check availability
Trapped--Youth in the Ghettos: Primary Sources from the Holocaust (True Stories of Teens in the Holocaust)
Gr. 6-10
Examines the lives of Jewish children and teens in the ghettos during the Holocaust.

Dabba Smith, Frank
DS135.P2 L64347 2008 Check availability
My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto
Gr 3-6
Photographs taken secretly by a young Jewish man document the fear, hardship, generosity, and humanity woven through the daily life of the Jews forced to live in the Lodz ghetto during the Holocaust.

Landau, Elaine
DS135.P62 W285 1992 Check availability
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Gr. 7-10
Describes life in the section of Warsaw where Polish Jews were confined by the Nazis in the early 1940s, focusing on the final days of fighting prior to the destruction of the ghetto in 1943.
Information from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Mazzeo, Tilar
D804.66.S46 M29 2016 Check Availability
Irena's Children: Young Readers Edition
Gr. 6-10
This is young readers edition of a gripping account of Irena Sendler, who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

Orlev, Uri
PZ7.O633 Isl 1984 Check availability
The Island on Bird Street
Gr. 5-9
In this novel, a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.
List of important people in novel as well as a test for the novel.

Person, Katarzyna
DS134.64.P47 2014 Check Availability
Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1941-1943
Within the ghettos, a small but distinct group existed: the assimilated, acculturated, and baptized Jews.

Roy, Jennifer
PZ7.R812185 Yel 2006 Check availability
Yellow Star
Gr. 5-9
From 1939, when Sylvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.
This website contains a Discussion Module for the book, including a summary, subject headings, themes, discussion questions, related websites, read-a-likes, and author information.
This website contains a brief teacher's guide for the book including themes, discussion questions, and activities.
This website contains an interview with the book's author, Jennifer Roy.

Rubin, Susan Goldman
D804.66.S46 R83 2011 Check availability
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
Gr. 3 and Up
Irena Sendler was a diminutive Polish social worker who helped spirit more than four hundred children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.
This is the publisher's website for the book containing themes from the work, an "About the Book" section, and a link to a downloadable Teacher's Guide.

Sender, Ruth Minsky
D810.J4 S397 1986 Check availability
The Cage
Gr. 9-12
A teenage girl recounts the suffering and persecution of her family under the Nazis, in a Polish ghetto, during deportation, and in a concentration camp.

Siegal, Aranka
DS135.R95 S547 1981 Check availability
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944
Gr 5 and Up
Recounts the bewilderment of being a Jewish child in Hungary between 1939 and 1944, and relates the ordeal of survival in the ghetto.

Spinelli, Jerry
PS3569.P546 M55 2005 Check availability
PZ7.S75663 Mi 2004x Check availability
Milkweed: A Novel
Gr. 5 and Up
A street child, known to himself only as Stopthief, finds community when he is taken in by a band of orphans in the Warsaw ghetto which helps him weather the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Complete lesson plan for the novel.

Treseder, Terry Walton
PZ7.T7317 He 1990 Check availability
Hear O Israel: A Story of the Warsaw Ghetto
Gr. 5-7
A Jewish boy describes life in the Warsaw Ghetto and his family's ultimate transference to, and decimation in, the camp of Treblinka.

Tushnet, Leonard
Call # Check availability
To Die with Honor: The Uprising of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto
Here are the stories of eighteen great rabbis who, in the las century and a half, played distinguished roles in their religion and in American society.

Vaughan, Marcia
D804.66.S46 V38 2011 Check availability
Irena's Jars of Secrets
Gr. 3-5
"The story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who helped rescue nearly 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II."--Publisher

Wdowinski, David
DS135.P62 W395 1985 Check availability
And We Are Not Saved
This brief account of my life in the Warsaw Ghetto is an extract from a larger, more definitive study of the socio-psychological forces prevalent in Jewish life during two thousand years of diaspora. It will attempt to throw some light on the causes and effects of the behavior of the Jewish masses, their leaders and their persecutors, which culminated in the holocaust of our generation.

Wirth, Louis
DS123.W5 1966 Check availability
The Ghetto
Wirth has demonstrated that the economic status of the Jews of today and the characteristics of the Jewish mind and personality all bear the impress of the social isolation of the ghetto, at first self-imposed, later formalized, and continued even after legal requirement had ceased.

Audiovisual Resources:


Composers of the Holocaust: Ghetto Songs from Warsaw, Vilna, and Terezin
Downtown Music Productions (audio recording)
M1.D69 C6 2000 Check availability
"Ghetto songs from Warsaw, Vilna, and Terezin." --Container
Run time: 67 minutes

Island on Bird Street, The
First Look Studios
PN1992.8.J48 I84 2008 Check availability
Rated: PG-13
A Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.
Run time: 102 minutes

Jakob the Liar (1999)
Columbia Pictures
PN1995.9.W3 J336 2009 Check availability
Rated PG-13
This re-make film stars Robin Williams as Jakob Heym. While in a polish ghetto, Jakob creates fictitious news bulletins in order to uplift the spirits of those with him in the ghetto.
Run time: 120 minutes

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