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This Happened

This Happened — May 16: Warsaw Uprising Put Down

The Warsaw Uprising officially ended on this day in 1943, when the remaining Jewish fighters were killed or captured by German forces.

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What was the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising?

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a military operation by the Jewish resistance during World War II aimed at resisting the deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to concentration camps. The uprising began on April 19, 1943, and lasted for 28 days. It is believed that between 13,000 and 16,000 Jews were killed during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, including both combatants and civilians.

Why did the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fail?

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising failed due to a combination of factors, including lack of outside support, insufficient weapons and supplies, and the overwhelming military power of the German army.

What happened to the survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising?

Many of the survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising were sent to concentration camps or forced labor camps by the Germans. Others went into hiding or joined the Polish underground resistance movement.

What was the impact of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on Jewish history?

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is seen as a symbol of Jewish resistance and bravery in the face of oppression. It has become an important part of Jewish history and has been commemorated in literature, film, and other forms of art.

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How Russia And Belarus Are Cracking Down On Exiles — And A Passport Fix To Fight Back

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko is making it impossible for citizens who've fled the country to renew their passports, which will may make some effectively stateless. What are some possible solutions?

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Stamping passports in Minsk, Belarus

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Under strict new measures introduced by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, foreign embassies may no longer issue documents to Belarusians. This will make it impossible for Belarusians outside of the country to renew passports unless they return — which could lead to criminal prosecution for some who fled after the 2020 protests.

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Russia, on the other hand, has adopted a different approach to encourage the return of its citizens abroad. After considering a 30% tax on emigrants' income, they settled on a 13% personal income tax rate.

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