Life in Lodz #lodz


Sharon E Siegel
 

Searching for anyone who might have any information on life in Lodz from 1930's through 1940's.  I'm looking for possible survivors who were born or lived there, especially.  
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Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA


Peter Heilbrunn
 

Hi,

I had relatives on both sides of my family who where sent to Lodz in 1941 and didn't survive. I have visited the city and walked the streets of the Ghetto which remain remarkably unaltered. The railway station with its tunnel memorial is particularly moving. A Jewish cemetery is also nearby.
For the specific Ghetto period 1941 to 1944 I can recommend the following English language books;

Lodz Ghetto - Inside a community under siege by Alan Adelson & Robert Lapides ISBN 014013228-7

The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto 1941-1944 Lucjan Dobroszycki ISBN 030003208-0. This is a day by day chronicle

Ghettostadt: Lodz and the making of a Nazi city. Gordon Horwitz ISBN 978067404554-5

Peter Heilbrunn


Sharon E Siegel
 

Dear Mr. Heilbrunn, I will definitely check those books out, and I thank you for walking those streets and landmarks in memory. So many of our family from Lodz died their brutally.  I am hoping to some day visit in their memory, too.  Sending my best and gratitude for your kind response, Sharon
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Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA


Bernard Flam
 

Hi from Paris,
Dear Sharon,
My maternal family was from Lodz and I have been there some years ago.
What I can say :
  • Lodz hadn't been destroyed during Shoah and WWII, so all vital records are available from 1850 (ca. establishment of this city) to 1939.
  • about early years of this industrial city :
  • a book : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brothers_Ashkenazi
  • a movie from Andreas Wajda, filmed in real places of Lodz, as Poznanski manufacture (Manufactura now)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Promised_Land_(1975_film)
  • local genealogist, specialized with Jewish genealogy, can help you. I have been very satisfied with a lady.
  • If you want to more details on life in Lodz during interwar period, you can get this book : https://www.km.com.pl/ksiazka-130-lodz_miedzy_wojnami_.html . With this book, you get a map of Lodz in 1939 and a dvd with a commercial movie, a love romance, filmed in Lodz just before 1939.
  • During Shoah (Holocaust), you know Lodz had been transformed in a large ghetto, from early 1940 to June 1944, where ca. 240.000 of our Lost survived and died (in Chelmno and elsewhere)
  • During ghetto period, its Judenrat (Jewish administration under nazi rules) had ca. 14.000 clercs : they filed ca. 800.000 pages of archives which hadn't been destroyed and are available at USHMM : thanks again Ms. Megan Lewis, Library Referee who helped me to discover and understand structure of these huge archives. USHMM "Finding Aid" is 165 page thick, enough to present ca. 800 rolls of 1000 microfilms.
  • Now, a large part of these archives are available on Polish State archives at https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/39/278/0#tabZespol . These archives are same microfilms as USHMM, but aren't already fully on line.
  • With these archives, you can follow fate of almost all our Losts, from their early entrance in ghetto to their last day...
  • "Residents" lists have been indexed by Yad Vashem and ORFLI : they are available in JewishGen, as are ID card of ghetto workers. But you have much more to find in these archives.
  • In Israel, OFRLI, Organization of former Lodz Inhabitants, display ca. 10.000 pictures taken in Lodz ghetto and a lot of informations :
                       http://www.lodz-israel.co.il/text/org-eng.html     
        For me who is lucky to have tens of pictures of my Lodzer family, I can't look at these pictures without trying to recognize my Losts...
Sharon, I am very pleased to share with you my best references concerning Lodz history !

Khavershaft
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle of France)
Have found my  ZYSMAN, KRONENBERG , JABLONSKY, ROTTERSMAN of Lodz


Sharon E Siegel
 

Dear Bernard,  Thank you so very much for these many paths to follow, and I definitely will follow every single one.  This is so helpful. We lost so many who resided in Lodz, from grandparents to parents to children, even the littlest of babies. Both Anna and Israel's families were completely gone upon their release from Siberia and then after work farms in Russia. They nearly died themselves, but having lost their families carried deep pain for the remainder of their lives even as they built a life together finally in America.I think you for this deeply. Sharon
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Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA


Lewis, Megan
 

I want to add Lodz Ghetto: A History by Isaiah Trunk to Peter's list of suggested books.

The collection Bernard referenced, USHMM Archives collection RG-15.083 (click on this link to be taken to the description and finding aid), contains many lists and documents relating to individuals.  Several sets of lists or documents have been indexed as part of our World Memory Project in partnership with Ancestry.com. The index is free to access on Ancestry's site.  The actual documents are not online but there are instructions on how to order copies.  You should also search our Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database which contains names from collections that are not part of the World Memory Project.

Megan Lewis


astupay@...
 

Dear Sharon, My uncle, Dr. Jacob Stupay, his wife and two children lived in Lodz from the early 1920s until the war. He returned to Lodz from Krakow alone, losing his family, and lived there from 1945 until,his death in 1955. I have written about him and his life in Lodz. The title of my book is "Hope Expired, Life Persists", published by the University of Lodz in 2014. It is in English and available on Amazon. Lodz was and is an amazing city with a major university, museums, and a vibrant culture that the Nazi's destroyed during the war. It has made some strides to recover its place in Poland and has an excellent Jewish Studies Center at University of Lodz.  Let me know how I can help. Arthur Stupay, USA


Sharon E Siegel
 

Thank you so much, Arthur.  I am going to check this book now.
I am so looking for photos of what Lodz was like then during the war and prior. Also, descriptions of life there.  I will check this book for sure. Thanks so much, Sharon
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Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA