Accommodation was extremely crowded, on average, 10 people occupied a single room. Those people who were re-located from other parts of the city could only bring with them a minimum of possessions and often lived in extreme poverty. There was little employment and people resorted to street trading and sometimes smuggling.
Food supplies were limited by the German occupiers to an absolute minimum and many people were to die of starvation and from disease which was rife.
These photographs were taken in 1941 by Willy Georgin who was issued with a pass to enter the ghetto in order to record what he saw. Although his last film was confiscated by German police, he managed to smuggle a number of reels out of the Ghetto.
The original monochrome photos have been digitally colourised.
A young boy sells newspapers fom a street stand. All residents were required to wear an armband bearing the Star of David. A number of these are on sale.
An elderley resident poses for the camera
Two gentlemen cross a courtyard while children look on, fascinated by the cameraman
Street trading was the only occupation for many and this man has set up a makeshift stall.
Poverty is evident from the way in which this man is dressed. His rundown shop has little stock for sale.
Still trading as a clock and watchmaker, this shop also sells a range of provisions.