Life for the Jewish people was already hard before they were put in ghettos, but little did they know it would only get worse. They would be squished together, starved, and treated horridly. First they were herded like cattle into the ghettos, most of the time the area measured less than 2.5% of the whole city. In each room there were about 8-10 people, but then the ghettos were condensed and that grew to about fourteen. Then began the sadistic starvation of the Jews, which was their greatest torture. Some would even sit on the street and beg for food, but nothing was ever enough to sustain them. At the worst times each person would receive about 220 calories and best was around 1,100 calories, even the best was way below basic needs. They were never allowed to leave the closed ghettos and were basically like prisoners. However unlike prisoners, they were subjected to inordinate taxation, forced baptism, and frequent property confiscation along with many other things. Despite all this the Jewish people continued to teach their children, hold religious services, and observe religious holidays despite those activities being illegal. Many men, women, and children died in the ghettos, but not as many that were murdered in the concentration camps.
Liquidation of Ghettos
Putting the Jews in the Ghettos was part one of a two part event. The first part, putting the Jews in the ghettos, and the second part, the liquidation. They would load the Jews onto trains used for cattle, and whatever was left of the ghettos was burned to the ground, along with anyone who had escaped the Nazi's grip. The Jews would be taken from the ghettos, and taken to concentration camps. Each train would hold 3,000 Jews. Over 6,000,000 Jews died in the concentration camps. 28,587 Jews were liquidated to Auschwitz-Birkenau.