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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
June
June 1940 - Jews Being Deported to the Kutno Ghetto, Poland

June 1940

Jews Being Deported to the Kutno Ghetto, Poland

Kutno, a city with a Jewish presence from the 15th century, was home to about 6,700 Jews on the eve of World War II. The Jews of Kutno were deported to the ghetto on June 16, 1940. Despite their guarantees, city officials did not provide enough wagons, and most of the Jews had to carry whatever they could manage into the ghetto. They were crammed into the grounds of the “Konstancja” sugar factory, several buildings of which had been bombed, forcing many of the Jews to make outdoor living arrangements. The vast majority of the Jews of Kutno perished during the Holocaust, from either the horrific conditions in the ghetto or in the Chelmno death camp. Only 213 members of the Jewish community of Kutno survived the Holocaust.

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