Jewish policemen in the ghetto

The Jewish policemen in the ghettos were controversial figures. They were often given extra privileges such as uniforms, bicycles, food rations and contraband from smuggling operations. Many faced moral dilemmas when forced by Nazi officers to perform violent acts on fellow Jews. There is evidence that some Jewish policemen were killed on the way to the camps by their fellow Jews, as recompense for treachery.

Selected tasks of Jewish policemen.

  • To guard the ghetto gates together with Nazi guards and their collaborators
  • To direct traffic in ghetto streets
  • To guard post offices, kitchens and community administration
  • To deter and suppress smugglers
  • To curb beggars in the ghetto
  • To assist in liquidations of the ghetto