Update: Lodz Street Names Index Project
A JewishGen Research Division Project
Dear Fellow Lodz Researcher,
Since the announcement of this new project on February 3, 2001, we have
received a total of $220.00 >from four generous supporters (myself included)
-- but we are still short $580! I can't stress the importance of this project
enough -- it will be one more essential tool in tracing our ancestors >from
Lodz or the Lodz ghetto. Please read on for a description of this project and
consider a donation today -- any amount is much appreciated.
Before World War II, the city of Lodz had the second largest Jewish
population of any city in Europe - over 200,000 - and the Lodz ghetto was the
second largest Polish ghetto in existence. Many of us with roots in Lodz, or
with family incarcerated in the Lodz ghetto >from many surrounding areas, are
now able to trace the addresses where our ancestors once lived. This has been
made possible through the extensive business directories or ghetto records
now available, or perhaps through your own family records. Over the past
century, many of the street names in Lodz have changed at least once, if not
up to five times. We now have the opportunity to purchase an index of all the
street name changes in Lodz over the past 86 years!
o What is the Lodz Street Name Index?
The Lodz Street Name Index was created by a noted professional researcher
living in Lodz. The index includes more than 550 Lodz streets and the changes
in their names at six points in time: 1913, 1925, 1933, 1939 (including the
Lodz ghetto), 1945 and 1989 (after the fall of Communism).
For example, perhaps you found your family's business address on
"Aleksandrowska Street" in 1929. The index will tell you that street is known
today as "Limanowskiego Street." If you are tracing someone who lived in the
Lodz ghetto on "Baluter Ring," the index will tell you that street is now
known as "Rynek Balucki." See a sample of the street name index at:
The Lodz Street Name Index will be available online at the JewishGen web site
once funding for this project is completed.
o How do I contribute?
The budget for this important project is US $800. This is a bargain,
considering the amount of information that will become available. If you
would like to see this index become available to you and other researchers,
please consider a donation today. To make a donation, access:
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Shirley Rotbein Flaum