Moreover, in order to keep the ghetto residents alive, some Jewish council encouraged illicit trade of goods. Most people became weak due to hunger and exposure to cold made them be at high risk of contracting diseases. Over 75,000 people died of starvation, illness and cold, while other hopeless individuals killed themselves, leaving many children orphaned.By April 1941, mortality rate in the ghettoes had increased to more than six thousand people per month. Despite of these unbearable conditions in the ghettoes, the Jews continued to hold their normal social gatherings. For example, they could attend cultural events and religious worship. This was regardless of the threat of facing death. Moreover, adults organised school classes for their young people secretly and pupils would hide their books under their clothes to avoid being caught by the Nazis. Nevertheless, the Jewish children continued with their normal playful lives, although suffering and death was all around them – they still played with toys. Early 1942, Hitler made the final decision concerning the Jews in the ghettoes. The Nazis first mass deportation effort took place with about 300,000 ghetto Jews in Warsaw being transported to the Treblinka Extermination Camp, where they were killed. Life in the Ghettoes During the Holocaust.
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