The Jüdischer Ordnungsdienst (or Jüdische Ghetto-Polizei, Jewish Ghetto Police) was an unarmed auxiliary police force formed in the main ghettos in the occupied areas of eastern Europe, the largest ones where those formed in Poland. They were formed by the Jewish Council (Judenrat) but were under German control. They took part in the rounding up of forced laborers and also guarded Jews being transferred to the camps. Service in the Ordnungsdienst did not protect them or their families from being killed in the Holocaust.

Commanders in Warsaw

Józef Szeryński

A Jewish police in the Litzmannstadt (Łódź) Ghetto in 1941
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Jewish police in the Warsaw Ghetto May 1941
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Jewish police in the Warsaw Ghetto May 1941
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Sources used

David Littlejohn - Foreign legions of the Third Reich, vol 4
Artur Szulc - Marodörer, medhjälpare och mördare: Katolska och judiska polacker i nazisternas tjänst 1940-1943
Samuel Totten & Stephen Feinberg - Teaching and studying the Holocaust

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