Caption for Schnellbrief Document (Theme: Warsaw Ghetto)

The establishment of ghettos in September and October 1939 was part of the expulsion policy, as Jews were pushed from west to east. This policy was meant to be an "intermediary" solution to the so-called "Jewish Question".

Security Police Chief Heydrich's Schnellbrief order officially initiated the plan to expel Jews and to concentrate them in several large cities in the interior of Poland.

Part II of the order directs the Jews to establish a council ("Judenrat") that would be "fully responsible" for the implementation of German instructions. The order in effect requires a Jewish council to decide for the Nazis which Jews will live and which Jews will die.  Or more precisely, when they will die.