Adam Czerniaków was the Judenrat Chairman of the Warsaw Ghetto. Prior to this position, Czerniaków served as a politician in Warsaw and was a teacher.
Czerniaków’s diary is particularly difficult to read as he addresses the growing issues of the Warsaw Ghetto – issues which would ultimately lead to his suicide. The Nazi regime demanded the Czerniaków prepare a deportation of Jewish people, and his last entry, which can be read above, displays how the Nazi regime handled resistance to their orders. Given Czerniaków’s role in the Warsaw Ghetto, a lot of the day-to-day living conditions were placed on him. Every decision he made impacted the hundreds of thousands of Jews being kept inside of the Ghetto walls.
Czerniaków’s diary serves as important testimony as to the conditions inside of the Ghetto as well as to the length the Nazi regime would go to achieve their goals. The environment in the Warsaw Ghetto was depleted, and the people around the Ghetto acted often deplorably. Czerniaków would write about these events often.
Czerniaków uses his diary as a way to express the immense guilt and burden that he carries with him. Such feelings would be considered weakness in the eyes of the Nazi regime, and he was not permitted to have second thoughts about Nazi orders.
Adam Czerniaków commits suicide in the Warsaw Ghetto on July 23rd, 1942.
 Adam Czerniaków edited by Raul Hilberg, Stanislaw Staron, and Josef Kermisz. The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniaków.