Re: Lodz addresses #poland #lodz

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Re: Lodz addresses

Posting publicly because this may help others too.

Gideon Miller asks for help finding his father-in-law's address in
prewar Lodz. I've done a lot of research in Lodz because most of my
family was >from there (& of those who remained during the war years
sadly nearly all of them perished). I was just there a few months ago
for the first time with my 83-year-old mother - her first visit back
in over 60 years! As you can imagine it was very emotional (and not
always easy).

So to answer your question: I assume you're familiar with records
in JRI-Poland's database, especially the Lodz address cards from
1916-1921. Margalit Ashira Ir and her team of volunteers did a
brilliant job indexing them. So if you haven't done so already,

If you're looking for addresses later than that period, are you
familiar with Genealogy Indexer ?
Another fabulous site, run by Logan Kleinwaks. It has address
directories including for Lodz right up to just before the war.

If you're looking for addresses of relatives who,like many of mine,
were unfortunate enough to be trapped in the ghetto, JewishGen, Yad
Vashem and the U.S. Holocaust Museum all have databases of addresses
in the Lodz ghetto, based on the census-like address books of
residents in the ghetto. The records in these three sites do overlap
but each also has records the others don't, so I'd search all
of them.

Personally I find the USHMM's website best for finding addresses in
the ghetto as you can send an email to get a copy of the document
immediately. You may also find home addresses on other documents, e.g.
The addresses of people registered as prisoners in a concentration
camp were often noted on their camp registration card.

Yad Vashem also has Pages of Testimony, written by survivors,
relatives and others to commemorate those who were killed, which the
USHMM doesn't have. Sometimes people stated their families' addresses
on those pages:

Of course, after all that, you want to go to the addresses physically.
So first check JewishGen's Lodz streets database, which will tell you
whether and how the street names have changed over the years (and
whether the street itself still exists!):

You can also find maps and photos of old Lodz online to see how things
looked then as compared to now.

Finally, Lodz is not a large city and it's not difficult to cover the
central/downtown area, the old town (Stare Miasto) and Baluty areas,
the areas where most Jews lived, on foot. In our case, my mother has
difficulty walking so we took a taxi (called via the hotel) and
traveled around to all the addresses she remembered and that I had dug
up through research. Of course I had a map with a route plotted. Some
of the buildings we went to had been pulled down and and there were
either empty lots or ugly communist-era apartment blocks on the site,
others were derelict shells of prewar buildings either about to be
pulled down or perhaps renovated, and others were original and
inhabited by locals. We were in the taxi for around 2 hours, stopping
in many places and sometimes getting out for a few minutes, and it
cost only around 100 zlotys. (Throughout our visit to Poland, we
always called taxis via our hotel, not off the street, and the drivers
always put the meter on. We found the drivers to be very polite and
the taxis very reasonably priced.)

I hope all the above helps and wish you the best of luck for your
father-in-law's own trip!

All the best,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

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