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Łódź ghetto : a history

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Łódź ghetto : a history
Call No: 943.8053 T87L

Call Number943.8053 T87L
Dates2008; ©2006
Statement of ResponsibilityIsaiah Trunk ; translated and edited by Robert Moses Shapiro ; introduction by Israel Gutman.
Creators & ContributorsTrunk, Isaiah (author)
Shapiro, Robert Moses (translator)
Shapiro, Robert Moses (editor)
Gutman, Israel (contributor)
Kermish, Joseph (contributor)
Robinson, Jacob (contributor)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (contributor)
Summary"In his comprehensive examination of the Łódź ghetto, originally published in Yiddish in 1962, historian Isaiah Trunk sought to describe and explain the tragedy that befell the Jews imprisoned in the first major ghetto imposed by the Germans after they invaded Poland in 1939. Łódź had been home to nearly a quarter-million Jews. When the Soviet military arrived in January 1945, they found 877 living Jews and the remains of a vast industrial enterprise that had employed masses of enslaved Jewish laborers. Based on an exhaustive study of primary sources in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish, German, and Russian, Isaiah Trunk, a former resident of Łódź, reconstructs the organization of the ghetto and discusses its provisioning; forced labor; diseases and mortality; crime and deportations; living conditions; political, social, and cultural life; and resistance. Included are translations of the 141 documents that Trunk reproduced in his volume." Back cover
ContentsTranslator-Editor's Introduction / Robert Moses Shapiro
Isaiah Trunk / Joseph Kermish
Introduction: The Distinctiveness of the Łódź Ghetto / Israel Gutman
Foreword / Jacob Robinson
Author's Preface / Isaiah Trunk
  1. Establishment of the Ghetto
  2. Organization of the Ghetto
  3. Provisioning
  4. Forced Labor
  5. Diseases and Mortality
  6. Persecutions, Murder, and Deportations
  7. Internal Conditions
  8. The Problem of Resistance
  9. Conclusions and Summations
Documents Arranged by Chapter
Street names in Łódź Ghetto
Physical Description lvii, 493 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish, Translated from the Yiddish.
PublisherBloomington : Indiana University Press
EditionFirst paperback edition
  • "Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum" Title page
  • Originally published: 2006
  • Translation of: Lodzher geto
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 471–476) and indexes
  • Includes a list of street names in Łódź Ghetto in German and Polish (pages 411–414)
RecognitionGifted in 2015 by Dan Sonnenschein on the occasion of "The Face of the Ghetto" exhibition, in memory of memory of his mother, Bronia Sonnenschein, and other family members imprisoned in the Łódź ghetto.