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75 mm artillery shell found in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 1992.134.2

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    Brief Narrative
    Remains of a 75 mm artillery shell, found among ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto in the 1960s. On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland and Warsaw on September 29, after subjecting the city to heavy artillery bombardment. Warsaw had the largest Jewish population in Europe before the war. On October 12, 1940, German authorities in Warsaw decreed the establishment of a 1.3 square mile Jewish ghetto and required over 400,000 Jews from the city and nearby towns to relocate there. Between July 22 and September 12, 1942, approximately 265,000 Jews were deported from Warsaw to Treblinka killing center, and another 35,000 were killed inside the ghetto. That October, Jewish resistance groups made contact with the Polish Home Army, a Polish underground military movement that supplied them with a small number of weapons, including rifles, pistols, and grenades. On April 19, 1943, the resistance groups within the ghetto fought back against the scheduled liquidation, using hundreds of constructed bunkers around the ghetto. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising lasted a month before the German military suppressed the resistance, razed the ghetto, and transported the remaining inhabitants to forced-labor camps, and killing centers. On July 19, 1943, the SS established Warschau concentration camp on the ruins of the former Warsaw ghetto, which camp prisoners were assigned to demolish and clean up. The impending arrival of Soviet forces led to the camp’s closure in July 1944. A second uprising erupted in Warsaw in August 1, 1944, which was defeated by German forces on October 2. The Soviet army liberated the city on January 17, 1945.
    found:  after 1960-before 1965
    found: Warsaw (Poland)
    use: Warsaw (Poland)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Muzeum Wojska Polskiego

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Cylindrical, cast iron, hollow artillery shell with straight sides and a closed rear end. Applied to the surface, near the rear, is a fixed metal band (called a rotating band) with short, raised, ribs encircling the shell. Around the shell, near the top, is another applied metal band without ribs. The rim of the shell is jagged and broken, and has a short amount of threading on the interior. The entire shell and metal bands are heavily corroded.
    overall: Height: 7.625 inches (19.368 cm) | Diameter: 2.875 inches (7.303 cm)
    overall : cast iron, metal

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Warsaw (Poland)

    Administrative Notes

    The artillery shell was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1992 by the Muzeum Wojska Polskiego.
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    2023-06-14 07:08:03
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