During the final deportation action of early August 1943, the Jewish Combat Organization (ZOB) in Bedzin staged an uprising against the Germans (as in nearby Sosnowiec). Already in 1941 a local chapter of ZOB was created in Bedzin, on the advice of Mordechai Anielewicz. Weapons were obtained from the Jewish underground in Warsaw. Pistols and hand-grenades were smuggled in perilous train rides. Edzia Pejsachson was caught and tortured to death. Using patterns supplied by the headquarters the Molotov cocktails were being manufactured. The bombs that the Jews produced – according to surviving testimonies – were comparable with those of the Nazis. Several bunkers were dug out within the ghetto boundary to produce and hide these weapons. The attitude of the Judenrat in Bedzin to the resistance was negative from the start, but it changed during the ghetto liquidation.

The revolt was a ultimate act of defiance of the ghetto insurgents who fought in the neighbourhoods of Kamionka and Srodula. A group of partisans barricaded themselves in the bunker at Podsiadly Street along with their female leader, Frumka Plotnicka, age 29, who fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising several weeks earlier. All of them were killed by the German forces once they run out of bullets, but the fighting, which began on 3 August 1943, lasted for several days. Most of the remaining Jews perished soon thereafter, when the ghetto was liquidated, although the deportations had to be extended from a few days to two weeks and the SS from Auschwitz (45 km distance) was summoned to assist.
Posthumously, Frumka Plotnicka received the Order of the Cross of Grunwald from the Polish Committee of National Liberation on 19 April 1945. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about doomed freedom fighters.

Journaling Prompt: How far would you go if your freedom was taken away?

Art Prompt: Freedom Fighter

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the dramatic story of one of the ghetto uprisings in Berlin.

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4 Responses to Prompt #1694 Ghetto Uprising

  1. Hi, Liz.
    Sorry it’s been so long between contacts. Life got in the way.
    I want you to know that I’ve got a post up now on my blog and on https://niume.com/post/346322 that features Writing Reader as a place for ideas.
    I put my original response to this prompt and the “fleshed” out story that grew out of it. I also mention that I used a second prompt (#1722) in the final story as well.
    Thank you for continuing this service.

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