The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź

70th anniversary of the deportation Western Jews to the Litzmanstadt Ghetto

One of the lesser-known moments in the history of the Litzmannstadt ghetto was the tragic fate of 19 953 Jews from Western Europe, brought to the ghetto in the autumn of 1941. They came from middle-class circles in Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Emden, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Luxembourg. The deportation was the result of the Nazi policy of "cleansing" the Third Reich and occupied territories of Jews. The reason for that action was an attempt to hide the cruelty committed against Jews from the German people.

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"Concert from the Past" - 25 October 2011

On October 25, 2011, the Łódź  Philharmonic will perform a "Concert from the Past." It will be dedicated to Jews from the cities in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Luxembourg, who were brought to the Litzmannstadt ghetto exactly 70 years ago, in the autumn of 1941. Amongst them were prominent musicians from Vienna, Berlin or Prague. Tragically, most artists brought to Łódź ghetto by Germans died from exhaustion, disease or were murdered in death camps in Auschwitz and Kulmhof. The Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra, along with invited guests, will reenact on of the concerts played in the Łódź ghetto.

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Łódź of Four Cultures Festival

13-17 September 2011

For many years, the rich history of multicultural Łódź has been an inspiration for historians, cultural theorists and artists, as well as the residents of the city. Relations between Jews, Germans, Russians and Poles are the foundation of social awareness and cultural identity. This provides the groundwork for the Łódź of Four Cultures festival, attempting to open international dialogue and based on what we share in culture and art, irrespective of our background.

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