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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. Imagine that you are a 12-year-old Jewish child who has the opportunity to flee to the Aryan (non-Jewish) part of Warsaw. if you do so, under what condition would you consider returning to the Ghetto? How would you go about obtaining food? What actions would be permissible in your attempt to get food? Would you share it with others?
  2. Imagine yourself a Pole, observing the Ghetto from the Aryan side. An escaped Jew approaches; would you give food, offer to hide the Jew, run away, or call the authorities to turn the Jew in?
  3. The last three rabbis of the Ghetto meet. Because of their prominence they have been offered passage out of the Ghetto. Discuss what you would do in a debate about individual safety versus communal responsibility.
  4. Imagine a 20-year-old Jewish woman who reads a poster in the Ghetto calling for armed resistance to the Nazis. This woman also is responsible for her elderly parents. How would you feel and what action would you take in her position?
  5. You are a resident in the Ghetto. Which communal activities would you say are most important, and which one would you get involved with?
  6. You are asked to join the Judenrat (Jewish Council set up by the Nazis). How would you balance your conscience and responsibility?
  7. Are there any current situations that remind you of the Warsaw Ghetto? How are they similar? How are they different?

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