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The Face of the Ghetto: Photographs of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, 1940–1944


Originating InstitutionTopography of Terror Foundation
Exhibition TypeTravelling exhibition
Event DateMay 14 – October 16 2015
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionThe Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, in partnership with the German Consulate General in Vancouver, is proud to present the teaching exhibition, The Face of the Ghetto. Following the invasion of Poland in 1939, the Nazis imposed a ghetto in the city of Łódź, which they renamed Litzmannstadt. From 1940 to 1944, more than 180,000 Jews and 5,000 Roma and Sinti lived in the cramped quarters, with many working in factories that supported the war effort. A handful of Jewish photographers, commissioned by the local Jewish Council, took photographs of life inside the ghetto. While instructed to document the productivity of the war industry for the Nazis, the photographersat great personal riskalso captured intimate moments of family, childhood and community. Drawing from a collection of 12,000 images that reveal the resilience and dignity of those imprisoned in the Łódź ghetto, this travelling exhibit from the Topography of Terror Foundation offers a rare glimpse into daily life during the Holocaust.