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Broadening Jewish History$
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Todd M. Endelman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113010

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113010.001.0001

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Jewish Converts in Nineteenth-Century Warsaw

Jewish Converts in Nineteenth-Century Warsaw

(p.286) Chapter Thirteen Jewish Converts in Nineteenth-Century Warsaw
Broadening Jewish History

Todd M. Endelman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter recounts 445,000 Jews who crowded into the Warsaw ghetto in which 2,000 Christians were of Jewish origin. It describes how Jewish converts enjoyed de facto a privileged social position before the mass deportations of summer 1942 that ended the 'normal' life of the ghetto. It also talks about Józef Szerynski, a colonel in the Polish police before the war whom Adam Czerniaków appointed as the first commander of the ghetto police force. The chapter recounts how Szerynski surrounded himself with other converts, baptized Jews that were also conspicuous as hospital administrators and as heads of clinics and other public health units. It refers to Jewish converts who benefited from the assistance of the Catholic charity Caritas, which operated from the two parish churches in the ghetto.

Keywords:   Warsaw ghetto, Christians, Jewish origin, Józef Szerynski, baptized Jews, Jewish convert

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