Friday, Apr. 23, 1943
The failure of the Bermuda Conference confirmed for the Nazis that Jews were worthless and that the Allies did not care what happened to them. Thus the Nazis chose the first night of Passover to begin the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto and its inhabitants. Some 300,000 had men, women, and children had already been shipped to Treblinka in 1942. But a group of young people formed Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa (Jewish Fighting Organization) and launched a resistance movement that lasted for a month until the Nazis crushed it. In a desperate last effort to secure help, the Jewish leaders broadcast an SOS yesterday evening over the secret Polish radio station. No help came. The Nazis shot 7,000 Jews and deported the remaining 49,000 men, women, and children to death camps. Although the very act of revolt heartened Jews, however briefly, the Nazi killing machine rolled on through Europe.
Reminded by Passover that they had been saved from slavery in Egypt, Jews worldwide still lit the Sabbath candles.