During World War II Germans established a ghetto in Radzymin. On a relatively small area, limited by Zduńska Street, Reymonta Street, Warszawska Street and Stary Rynek (Old Marketplace), Jews from Radzymin and people displaced from, among others, Wyszków, Pułtusk, Serock, Jadów and Tłuszcz were confined.

The ghetto dwellers had to face famine, executions and epidemic of typhoid fever, as well as other diseases. There was no house without sick people. In fear of the spreading of the epidemic, the Germans limited burying of people in the Jewish cemetery outside the town to one day a week. In connection with that, Judenrat was forced to convert the bath house into the mortuary, in which dead bodies were collected. Once a week the bodies were transported to the cemetery.“The final solution” was implemented on October 3, 1942, when the inhabitants of the ghetto were transported by trains to the extermination camp in Treblinka.

In an interview with Anka Grupińska published in “Tygodnik Powszechny” Emilia Rozencwajg (Szoszana Kossower) from Radzymin recalls the last days of the local Jews: “All the people were marched to the railway station and killed immediately. The railwaymen from Radzymin, who I met later, told me that those people were lucky because they did not even see the camp. The stoves were empty and they went to stoves at once. A few thousand people.”
 

 

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