10/11 [November 10, 1942]
Today's issue of the Kurier Warszawski carries Hitler's speech.1 In addition to the political content, it is full of Jewish references. Hitler says: "If the Jews meant to destroy Europe, we will eradicate them from Europe altogether."
10/11 3:10 p.m. During the visit of the SS men half an hour ago, Rosenberg, a member of the labor guard, earned himself a few slaps. The reason was typical.
When the SS men entered, Dr. Jablonsky was on the telephone. He had no armband. When the doctor came out, the officers noticed him and asked him if he was a "Polak";2 as he did not reply, they order him to accompany them. However, the doctor took advantage of a moment of inattention to slip away. When the officers started looking for him, they saw the labor guard Rosenberg standing nearby, and asked him where the man had gone. Rosenberg, who knew nothing of the matter, had no answer and for that reason was slapped.
11/11 [November 11, 1942]
Yesterday's action involved almost 1,000 people.3 From the blocks on Leszno, 600 people, and almost four hundred (386) at Toebbens. According to reports, 2,400 tailors were to have been provided by Friday, November 5. The people were to be supplied by the Hoffmann, Toebbens, Schultz, and Aschmann firms. There were negotiations between the SS and the firms, but without result. The action started at the Hoffmann firm, where, instead of 1,000, scarcely 42 people were found in the two plants; in retaliation, the SS took away 100 machines.
11/11 All unskilled workers who were apprehended and led off to the Umschlagplatz are to be released.4
11/11 Rumor has it that the Americans in Africa have detained the French Admiral Darlan.5
11/11 The report that unskilled workers would be released from the Umschlagplatz proved wrong. At this very moment, 9 a.m., there is an action going on at the Toebbens and Schultz blocks.
17/11 [November 17, 1942]
Posters have been posted on the walls of the Aryan side.6 For a period of 10 days, Jews may cross into the ghetto without punishment. The punishment for hiding Jews will be death. For the first time, the warnings in the notices are directed at Germans as well.
22/11 [November 22, 1942]
Yesterday, November 21, when the group of O.B.W. workers who work over in Praga7 stopped for a few minutes on the way (with permission from their military escort) to buy or sell something, the following happened: Mr. Silberberg wanted to sell a small glass vessel for 50 zl.8 The Christian woman wanted to give him only 35 zl. He refused the price and took back his article. Meanwhile, another Christian woman shoved 40 zl at him. Seeing this, the first woman tried to retrieve the glass. The Gruppenführer Srebrnik,9 thinking that the woman was grabbing something away from Mr. Silberberg, went over to push her off. Meanwhile, a bystander mixed in (as it turned out, a Volksdeutscher),10 raised a hue and cry and was about to beat the Jew. Unteroffizier Wohl noticed this and intervened on behalf of his Jews. When the Volksdeutscher reproached him, Wohl slapped him and drove off with his group to Praga.
25/11 [November 25, 1942]
Near the prison on Gesia this morning lay the body of a Jew who had been shot. Eight Jews were shot in the streets of the ghetto before noon today.
26/11 [November 26, 1942]
Yesterday morning, November 25, a gendarme posted at the corner of Lubetskiego near the O.B.W. block warned Jews wishing to leave the block with the following words: "Don't go, there is an SS man over there, he will shoot you."
26/11 The number of people shot in the streets yesterday, November 25, came to 30. Close to 5 p.m., a Jew was shot near Mila 55.
26/11 The three Suchetsky brothers, butchers were shot today at Franciszkanska 22. They were caught smuggling meat.
30/11 [November 30, 1942]
Yesterday, around 7 p.m., Fürst, the head of the economic department [of the Judenrat], was shot by an unknown hand. Who is the victim? Director Fürst, still a young man, 36 years old, carved out a fine career for himself during his lifetime. Those who knew him in his early years can attest to his powerful ambition to become important and achieve his goals. The son of a small embroidery manufacturer, he broke away, finished high school, finished the V.S.H (Wyższa Szkoła Handlowa),11 fell in love with one of the richest daughters in Kalisz (Reich, the daughter of the owner of one of the largest mills in Poland). Thanks to his ambition, he broke through the obstinacy of the Reich family and achieved his goal. Became the Director of the Jewish Academic House of Warsaw. After the entry of the Germans into Warsaw, he became director of the economic department at the Judenrat and, according to information from a Gestapo man, officially the courier between the Judenrat and the Gestapo. In his private life, a terrible person, striving to set himself up above his friends and acquaintances (from his early years on), he would not recoil from anything, not even from dirty, swinish dealing.
The only pity is that such a man reached such a high position in Jewish life—but this could only happen in such abnormal times as we are living through right now.