80th Anniversary of the Deportation of the Jews from Western Europe to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto

In October 2021, 80 years will have passed since the deportation of Jews from Western Europe to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. In the autumn of 1941, the Germans ordered the transport of 20 thousand Jews from German, Austrian, Czech and Luxembourg cities into the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, where 160 thousand Polish Jews had already been forces to live. They arrived at the Radegast Station for 20 days, from October 17 to November 4, 1941.Among them were many scholars, doctors, writers and artists from Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Frankfurt etc., including Paul Kornfeld, one of the most promising authors of Europe at the time; in Prague transport Germans brought to Łódź two sisters of Franz Kafka; professor Wilhelm Caspari, a renowned specialist in the field of cancer research, arrived from Frankfurt and world famous pianist - Leopold Birkenfeld, arrived from Vienna. The conditions in which those arriving from Europe, as well as other ghetto inhabitants, were forced to live were indeed gruesome. Many people died in the first weeks of despair, illness and starvation, many committed suicide. In May 1942, more than 10 thousand of people who had been brought to Litzmannstadt were deported by Germans to the extermination camp at Chełmno on the Ner (Kulmhof am Ner) and, in 1944, almost all the others, to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Few of them survived the war.

This year, we would like to commemorate the tragic fare which brought together the Jews of Łódź and their brethren from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Luxembourg.

MAIN COMMEMORATIONS

18.10.2021 Monday

11:00 AM Official ceremonies (placing symbolic bouquets in the city hall at the Radegast Station)

Venue: Museum of the Independence Traditions in Łódź – Radegast Station Division | 12 Litzmannstadt Ghetto Victims Memorial Avenue

12:00 PM The Living Witnesses (written and directed by Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron, Luxembourg 2021) – premiere screening for high school students in Łódź and a panel with the creators and the special guests - Do not Be Indifferent

Venue: Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre | 83 Wojska Polskiego Street

7:00 PM Whose longing you are… – a concert dedicated to the memory of those deported to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Performers: Iza Połońska (vocal), Leszek Kołodziejski (accordion), Robert Stefański (clarinet)

Venue: Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre | 83 Wojska Polskiego Street

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ACCOMPANYING EVENTS

14.10.2021 Thursday

6:00 PM Deportations from the Reich and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. October-November 1941 – lecture by Adam Sitarek and Ewa Wiatr from the Centre for Jewish Research, University of Łódź

Venue: Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre | 83 Wojska Polskiego Street

17.10.2021 Sunday

4:00 PM Kafka’s Sisters – opening of an exhibition by the Frakcja group of Łódź artists and the Endmoräne group of German artists from Brandenburg

Venue: The Coach House at Biedermann Palace | 1/5 Franciszkańska Street

6:00 PM For You to Survive the War – premiere of the play (script, direction, cast: Anna Rakowska and Karolina Zajdel)

Venue Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre | 83 Wojska Polskiego Street

19.10.2021 Tuesday

6:00 PM The Living Witnesses (written and directed by Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron, Luxembourg 2021) – screening and discussion with the director

Venue: Marek Edelman Dialogue Centre | 83 Wojska Polskiego Street

Free admission to all events.

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