This Day in Jewish History / August 16
On this day in 1943, the Bialystok Ghetto Uprising began.
On this day in 1943, the Jews of the ghetto of Bialystok, Poland, initiated an uprising against the city’s German occupiers. The revolt was sparked by the entry of the German SS – assisted by Latvian, Byelorussian and Ukrainian fighters – into the ghetto, with the goal of deporting the Jews (who had numbered about 60,000 in and around Bialystok before the war) to death camps.
In what became the...