The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź

Accompanying events

August 22th (Sunday)

12:00 PMAugust 1944 - a walk along the trail of the last deportations from the Łódź ghetto [PL]

Host: Andrzej Grzegorczyk
Organizer: Museum of the Independence Traditions in Łódź
Meeting point: Bałucki Rynek Hall (corner of Zgierska street)

The walk will follow the trail of places linked to the liquidation of the Ghetto and focus on the history of its last weeks. During the walk, participants will walk along a path reminiscent of how thousands of the last Ghetto prisoners had to cross in August 1944.


 3:00 PMSolemn funeral of the Torah scrolls [PL]

Organizers: The Jewish Community in Łódź, The Jewish Research Center Association
Venue: Jewish Cemetery, 40. Bracka St.


 8:00 PMRoots and Branches - Łódź and diaspora journeys – a discussion with the Second Generation after the Holocaust [ENG]

Host: Mark Kleinman
Online streaming: fb.com/centrumdialogulodz

August 23th (Monday)

 6:00 PMDawid Sierakowiak and Roman Kent – Classmates. Screening of the films: Sierakowiak’s Diary by Michał Bukojemski, 2016 [PL/ENG] and A Survivor’s Journey. The Life of Roman Kent by Paul Allman, 2015 [PL/ENG]

Venue: The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center, 83. Wojska Polskiego Street
The number of participants is limited. Sierakowiak’s Diary film will also be available at: fb.com/centrumdialogulodz

“Sierakowiak’s Diary” by Michał Bukojemski, 2016 (57’)

A moving story of the life of Dawid Sierakowiak, who was 16 when the ghetto was established by the Germans. The boy, who was above average gifted, well read, and involved in Jewish life, began to keep a diary in the summer of 1939, and then he described the first months of the occupation and life in the ghetto until 1943. The document presents the text of the young author's diary, and supplements its reading with photos and videos from the ghetto - vivid illustrations of Sierakowiak's notes

„A Survivor’s Journey” by Paul Allman, 2015 (11’)

Roman Kent (Kniker), born in 1925, a Survivor of the Łódź ghetto, was an important person working for the memory of the Holocaust and Polish-Jewish relations. He died in 2020. Five years earlier, a documentary about his life A Survivor's Journey. The Life of Roman Kent was made, which was partially filmed in Łódź. In recent years, Kent has visited his hometown of Łódź several times, in the Survivors' Park he has a tree number 443. During the ceremony on the occasion of the liquidation of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, he spoke on behalf of the Survivors.


 8:00 PMVirtual tour of the Jewish Cemetery [PL/ENG]

Hosts: Joanna Podolska and Adam Sitarek
Online streaming: fb.com/centrumdialogulodz

Researchers of the history of the Jewish community of Łódź: journalist Joanna Podolska and historian Adam Sitarek show around selected places of the Jewish cemetery at Bracka Street in Łódź, one of the largest and most beautiful Jewish necropolises in Europe, where industrialists, workers, craftsmen and cottage workers, who co-founded Łódź in the 19th and the 20th century, are buried, as well as social and political activists, rabbis, teachers, journalists and artists. The film was prepared as part of the “Kultura w sieci” (Culture on the Web) program financed by the National Center for Culture.

August 24th (Tuesday)

 4:30 PMCity walking tour around the area of the former ghetto following the traces of Lolek Lubiński, his family and friends [PL]

Host: Anna Łagodzińska-Pietras
Tickets: 5 PLN (available before the event at the ticket office of the Museum of the City of Łódź at 15. Ogrodowa St. during the opening hours)
Registration: 00 48 692 926 319, 00 48 42 307 13 82, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Limit: in accordance with the applicable restrictions
Organizer: Museum of the City of Łódź
Venue: Museum of the City of Łódź, 15. Ogrodowa St.

Lolek Lubiński was a teenager who, like his contemporaries (even the present ones), functioned among friends, experiencing various emotions: from falling in love to boredom and discouragement. However, Lolek Lubiński's adolescence fell on the most tragic period in the history of the 20th century Łódź. The young man wrote down his feelings and one of his diaries is preserved in the collection of the Museum of the City of Łódź. Lolek unintentionally paid a tribute to his friends from the ghetto – referring to over 70 people by their names, he preserved the identity of the (often anonymous) victims of the Shoah on the pages of a small notebook. During the walking tour, we will recall them.


 6:00 PMScreening of the film Still Life in Łódź by Sławomir Grünberg with the participation of co-author of the script Lilka Elbaum [PL/ENG]

Venue: The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center, 83. Wojska Polskiego Street
The number of participants is limited

A large still-life painting hung on the wall above Lilka Elbaum’s childhood bed in Łódź, Poland. It was the first thing she saw when she woke up, and the last thing she saw before she fell aslep.

This painting hung on this very spot perhaps since the building was first inhabited in the late 1890s. Until the war these were Jewish families, then during the war, a German family, and then after the war, Lilka’s Jewish family. Hence, the painting ultimately became a silent witness to the tragic history of Łódź’s Jews. The painting was removed from the apartment in October 1968, when Lilka’s family, along with the majority of Polish Jews, were expelled from Poland.

In the film “Still Life in Łódź”, the metaphor of the painting is used to tell the story of Lilka Elbaum, now living in Boston, who returns to Łódź in search of objects from her memory. In her journey Lilka is accompanied by Paul Celler, a New Yorker and Roni Ben Ari, an Israeli with shared histories, which bind them to Łódź and the quest to find traces of family memories.

Director Slawomir Grünberg, an outstanding documentary filmmaker and prestigious Emmy-award winner, tells the story of the once vibrant Jewish community in Łódź, its almost total destruction during the Shoah, its post-war revival, expulsion from Poland in 1968, and finally, its present-day Jewish community. Using an innovative format, this historical essay combines unique archival materials, authentic drawings from the Ghetto, elements of the modern language of creative animation and special effects with the modern documentary scenes.

Slawomir Grünberg's film makes use of animated reconstructions of the film main characters’ memories and research. They are complemented by original re-photographs taken by Stefan Brajter. The film also features postwar artwork by David Friedmann (1893-1980) depicting the harrowing daily life in the Łódź Ghetto, Auschwitz and death march scenes.

Among the archival materials are unique scenes from the Lodz ghetto, photographs and film footage from Litzmannstadt, as the Germans called Łódź during the war. It includes the entry of German troops in 1939, and Soviet troops in 1945, and post-war archives of Łódź. This multi-media technique allows viewers a unique entry point to understanding Łódź, the Holocaust, and family stories we follow in the film.

The original film score, composed by Wojciech Lemański and recorded with the String Orchestra PRIMUZ under the baton of conductor Łukasz Błaszczyk, is also an exceptional value in this artistic film.

„Still Life in Łódź"
A film by Slawomir Grünberg
Written by: Lilka Elbaum and Slawomir Grünberg
Running Time: 75 minutes
Production: Poland / USA, 2019
Producer: LOGTV Films Polska in co-production with EC1 Łódź – City of Culture, LOGTV, Ltd. and National Center for Jewish Film


 8:00 PMVirtual tour of the Łódź Ghetto [PL/ENG]

Hosts: Joanna Podolska and Adam Sitarek
Online streaming: fb.com/centrumdialogulodz

Presentation of a documentary prepared by the employees of the Dialogue Centre of the University of Łódź, telling the story of the Ghetto from the angle of the biographies of its prisoners and showing traces of the Ghetto history in contemporary Łódź. The film has been prepared within the framework of the Culture programme funded by the National Centre for Culture.

August 25th (Wednesday)

10:00 AMA walk in the area of the former ghetto [ENG]

Hosts: Joanna Podolska and Adam Sitarek
Meeting point: Zgierska St. / Stary Rynek (Old Market)
The number of participants is limited

A walk for English-speaking residents of Łódź and participants of the commemoration, showing the most important places in the ghetto created by the Germans in February 1940 and existing until August 1944, and in a sense until the end of the war. The route includes the most important places, including Kościelny Square and Kripo, places where there were bridges, a square where Chaim Mordechaj Rumkowski spoke, Bałucki Rynek and others.


 5:00 PM - Screening of films: Survivor’s Journey. The Life of Roman Kent by Paul Allman, 2015 [PL/ENG] and My Happiest Day by Michał Bukojemski, 2013 [PL/ENG]

My Happiest Day film will also be available at: fb.com/centrumdialogulodz

„A Survivor’s Journey” by Paul Allman, 2015 (11’)

Roman Kent (Kniker), born in 1925, a Survivor of the Łódź ghetto, was an important person working for the memory of the Holocaust and Polish-Jewish relations. He died in 2020. Five years earlier, a documentary about his life A Survivor's Journey. The Life of Roman Kent was made, which was partially filmed in Łódź. In recent years, Kent has visited his hometown of Łódź several times, in the Survivors' Park he has a tree number 443. During the ceremony on the occasion of the liquidation of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, he spoke on behalf of the Survivors.

"My Happiest Day", directed by Michał Bukojemski, Poland 2013 (67')

My Happiest Day by Michał Bukojemski is a documentary about the life of Marian Turski, a Survivor from the Łódź ghetto. Born as Mosze Turbowicz in 1926, before the war he attended a Polish-Hebrew high school. Locked in the ghetto in 1940, he was an activist of a left-wing youth organization. Deported from the Radegast station to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and then to other camps. After the war, he became a journalist. From 1958 - head of the historical section of the "Polityka" weekly. Currently, he is the chairman of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute and the co-founder of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.


 6:30 PMXI Thou Shalt Not Be Indifferent. An evening dedicated to Roman Kent (1925-2021) with the participation of Marian Turski.

Venue: The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center, 83. Wojska Polskiego Street.
The number of participants is limited. Registration from August 16th, 2021, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please provide the name and date of the event in the title).

The well-known journalist and historian Marian Turski, a longtime head of the historical department of “Polityka”, survived the Łódź ghetto and several other camps, including two Death Marches. In the ghetto, he went to the same class of secondary school with the author of the excellent journal from the ghetto, Dawid Sierakowiak (who died in 1943), as well as Roman Kent and Noach Flug, who worked for remembrance from the 1960s. Turski will tell about his colleagues, as well as about his wartime history. His message "Thou Shalt Not Be Indifferent!" speech at the Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau Former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp has already been released

August 26th (Thursday) Survivors’ Day

10:00 AMTour of the Survivors’ Park [PL/ENG]

Hosts: Joanna Podolska, Justyna Tomaszewska
Meeting point: in front of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center building, 83. Wojska Polskiego Street
The number of participants is limited

The Survivors Park was established in August 2004, during the celebrations of the 60th an-niversary of  Litzmannstadt Ghetto liquidation. Its establishment was initiated by a Survivor, Halina Elczewska.

During the walk around the park we will tell the story of the people in memory of whom the place was created.  We will introduce you to the fortunes of the Survivors of the Łódź Ghetto and discuss its symbolism.


11:00 AM – Unveiling of the sculpture by Magdalena Walczak and Marcin Mielczarek Abramek’s Dream [PL/ENG]

For many years, the symbol of the ghetto commemorations has been a drawing with a bridge and a church at Zgierska St. from the notebook of Abramek Koplowicz, a boy from the ghetto. The boy was deported in August 1944 and died in Auschwitz-Birkenau. His poem Dream has already become a pretext for many activities of the Dialogue Center, including creating an installation in the Survivors' Park. Now, the artist Magda Walczak has designed a sculpture that will be unveiled on the Survivors' Day.

Magdalena Walczak and Marcin Mielczarek are a duo of experienced sculptors whose works decorate many places in Łódź. Authors of a number of sculptural works in public space, including the series of sculptures "Lodz Fairy Tale" and Łódź Springs. They both graduated from the Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź, both of them obtained doctoral degrees at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, and currently they are teachers at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.

Magdalena Walczak in her work, focused on the interpretation of figurative motifs (often a child's motif), focuses on the expressive possibilities offered by a classic, material sculpting workshop, most often in ceramics, bronze, also in stone and plastics.

Marcin Mielczarek also works in film, music and literature.

They often work together on sculptures, giving them a touch of the sensitivity of each of them.
At the same time, they continue their individual creativity, although in both cases it is creativity related to figurativeness, based on the observation of nature as an inexhaustible source of inspiration. They are interested in working with both soft materials, such as clay, and the hardest ones, such as marble or granite.


 4:00 PMA meeting with the Survivor Leon Weintraub and Magda Jaros about the book Reconcilation with Evil. A Story of a Boy from Łódź Ghetto [PL/ENG]

Venue: The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center, 83. Wojska Polskiego Street
The number of participants is limited

"My city Łódź, that's where it all started". – says Leon Weintraub in a series of interviews with Magda Jaros. He grew up in a tenement house on Kamienna Street, the same building made famous by Osiecka in her song. In 1939 he was supposed to go to secondary school; however, he had to say goodbye to the world he had known so far and move with his mother and sisters to Jakub Street in the centre of the Ghetto. Work, hunger, perception reduced to finding ways to survive, less and less strength, and finally deportation and the camp ordeal. Is it possible to make up for a lost time? Is it possible to find a place for oneself among people after such experiences? Forgiveness, or justifying these crimes, which are beyond human imagination, is not possible for me," admits Leon Weintraub. - That leaves us with the word RECONCILIATION. It means stopping the accusations against each other and ending the "spiral of hostility and evil". Only this state allows us to create a future together.


 7:00 PMBetween the Two Worlds – a concert inspired by the music of Dawid Bajgelman from the “Dybbuk” spectacle [PL/ENG]

Organizer: Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź
Venue: The Kazimierz Dejmek New Theatre in Łódź, 15. Więckowskiego St.
The number of participants is limited. Invitations and registration from August 16th, 2021,
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please provide the name and date of the event in the title)

A hundred years pass since the world premiere of one of the pearls of Yiddish literature - The Dybbuk by Szymon Anski. This dramatic legend in four acts, as the author called his work, was presented to the world in the winter of 1920/1921, with music composed by David Bajgelman. Anski's play very quickly became an important artistic event for Jewish culture. For the past 100 years, it has been a vivid and intriguing inspiration for many artists. Theatres all over the world have been and continue to stage it. Several films and many works of art have been based on it. It has achieved the status of a canonical work. Bajgelman was 33 years old when he wrote music for the first production of Dybbuk in the world. He was already a recognised figure in the Łódź music scene, and the national and, in its wake, European success of the performance was a kind of springboard that moved him to the composer's forefront of the Polish interwar period. His artistic path, strewn with successes, was brutally and tragically cut short by the war.

For many years it seemed that the scores to the premiere Dybbuk did not survive the devastation. It was not until recently that a small booklet was found in a New York library. It contained a score of 10 themes that formed the basis for the musical setting of the performance.

On the 77th Anniversary of the Łódź Ghetto Liquidation, Bajgelman's extraordinary compositions will sound as an unobvious musical story filled with respect for tradition and musical innovation of the 21st century, creating a unique concert full of magic Between the Two Worlds.

The original music, preserving the theatrical musical themes created by Bajgelman, was composed by Tomasz Pokrzywiński, an excellent cellist who is not averse to experimentation and who invited to the concert Between the Two Worlds:
Łódź Chamber Orchestra "Bajgelman Band", composed of graduates of the The Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. The formation is distinguished by exceptional perfection, combining unprecedented sensitivity with expression equal to the best Polish orchestras;
Bartek Tyciński - an outstanding guitarist, founder of the legendary band Mitch & Mitch;
Jerzy Rogiewicz - a percussionist who belongs to the forefront of the Polish improvised music scene;
Dorota Szczepańska - a soprano singer, an excellent singer with European concert and phonographic successes;
Bartosz Dworak - an excellent, classically educated violinist, laureate of the Zbigniew Seifert.

Concept, scenario and direction - Miron Zajfert
Original compositions, arrangements and musical direction - Tomasz Pokrzywiński
Translations and language consultations - Anna Rozenfeld

August 27th (Friday)

11 :00 AM - 1:30 PMTHE MAIN COMMEMORATION AT THE JEWISH CEMETERY AND THE RADEGAST STATION


 5:00 PMCity walking tour around the area of the former ghetto following the traces of Lolek Lubiński, his family and friends [ENG]

Host: Anna Łagodzińska-Pietras
Tickets: 5 PLN (available before the event at the ticket office of the Museum of the City of Łódź
at 15. Ogrodowa St. during the opening hours)
Registration: 00 48 692 926 319, 00 48 42 307 13 82, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Limit: in accordance with the applicable restrictions
Organizer: Museum of the City of Łódź
Meeting point: Bałucki Rynek Hall (corner of Zgierska Street)

Lolek Lubiński was a teenager who, like his contemporaries (even the present ones), functioned among friends, experiencing various emotions: from falling in love to boredom and discouragement. However, Lolek Lubiński's adolescence fell on the most tragic period in the history of the 20th century Łódź. The young man wrote down his feelings and one of his diaries is preserved in the collection of the Museum of the City of Łódź. Lolek unintentionally paid a tribute to his friends from the ghetto – referring to over 70 people by their names, he preserved the identity of the (often anonymous) victims of the Shoah on the pages of a small notebook. During the walking tour, we will recall them.


 7:15 PMThe beginning of the Sabbath – Prayers and Shabbat dinner

Registration is required till August 15th, 2021 at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The fee of 110 PLN - till August 20th, 2021 at the Jewish Religious Community - contact: Avigail
Jureńczyk - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone number: 0048 733 739 966
The number of participants is limited
Organizer: The Jewish Community in Łódź
Venue: The Jewish Community in Łódź, 18. Pomorska Street

August 28th (Saturday)

12:00 PMThe second World War in Łódź and its consequences - curatorial thematic tour through Łódź in Europe. Europe in Łódź. The promised land then and now exhibition [ENG]

Host: Anna Łagodzińska-Pietras
Tickets: 5 PLN per person (normal ticket), 3 PLN per person (reduced ticket)
Registration: 00 48 692 926 319, 00 48 42 307 13 82, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Limit: in accordance with the applicable restrictions
Organizer: Museum of the City of Łódź
Venue: Museum of the City of Łódź, 15. Ogrodowa street

During World War II, Łódź did not suffer as badly as other Polish cities, but the military conflict caused irreversible changes in the city's social structure and cast a long shadow on its functioning.


 2:00 PMThe second World War in Łódź and its consequences - curatorial thematic tour through Łódź in Europe. Europe in Łódź. The promised land then and now exhibition [PL]

Host: Anna Łagodzińska-Pietras
Tickets: 5 PLN per person (normal ticket), 3 PLN per person (reduced ticket)
Registration: 00 48 692 926 319, 00 48 42 307 13 82, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Limit: in accordance with the applicable restrictions
Organizer: Museum of the City of Łódź

During World War II, Łódź did not suffer as badly as other Polish cities, but the military conflict caused irreversible changes in the city's social structure and cast a long shadow on its functioning.


 3:00 PMRadegast Station. Educational walk around the memorial site [PL]

Host: Maria Szulc
Organizer: Museum of the Independence Traditions in Łódź
Venue: Museum of the Independence Traditions in Łódź – The Radegast Station Branch,
12. Pamięci Ofiar Litzmannstadt Getto Av.

The former railway side-track - the Radegast station, which played an essential role in the history of the Ghetto, is now a unique memorial site. The walk aims to shed light on its history in connection to that of the Ghetto and the symbolism of contemporary commemoration. It will include a visit to those parts of the old station which are not officially commemorated today.

August 29th (Sunday)

11:00 AMA walk around the Jewish Cemetery and the Ghetto Field with Dawid Szychowski - the Rabbi of Łódź [PL/ENG]

Venue: Jewish Cemetery, 40, Bracka Street
The number of participants is limited

Dawid Szychowski, the Rabbi of the Jewish Community, will guide a tour around the ne-cropolis of the Łódź Jews, talking about burial traditions and the most important rules followed by religious Jews after the death of their loved ones. He will also discuss the specific nature of the cemetery. It will also be an opportunity to talk about the important people buried in the Łódź necropolis, also in the so-called Ghetto Field, where approximately 43,00 people were buried in the years 1940-1944.


12:00 PMEternal Memory – The Extermination of Łódź Jews seen through the prism of Tola’s Book of Friendship [PL]

Host: Anna Łagodzińska-Pietras
Tickets: 5 PLN per person (normal ticket), 3 PLN per person (reduced ticket)
Registration: 00 48 692 926 319, 00 48 42 307 13 82, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Limit: in accordance with the applicable restrictions
Organizer: Museum of the City of Łódź
Venue: Museum of the City of Łódź, 15. Ogrodowa street

The books of friendship with poems, aphorisms, wishes and dedications are objects known since the 16th century, and many of us may also remember them from our childhood. Therefore, keeping such a book by Tola, a Jewish girl in the ghetto, should not be shocking. During the meeting, we will deal with this unique object, we will look at it carefully and consider who and what content wrote to it, and we will also look for an answer to the question of what significance this item had for Tola.


 2:00 PMEternal Memory – The Extermination of Łódź Jews seen through the prism of Tola’s Book of Friendship [ENG]

Host: Anna Łagodzińska-Pietras
Tickets: 5 PLN per person (normal ticket), 3 PLN per person (reduced ticket)
Registration: 00 48 692 926 319, 00 48 42 307 13 82, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Limit: in accordance with the applicable restrictions
Organizer: Museum of the City of Łódź
Venue: Museum of the City of Łódź, 15. Ogrodowa street

The books of friendship with poems, aphorisms, wishes and dedications are objects known since the 16th century, and many of us may also remember them from our childhood. Therefore, keeping such a book by Tola, a Jewish girl in the ghetto, should not be shocking. During the meeting, we will deal with this unique object, we will look at it carefully and consider who and what content wrote to it, and we will also look for an answer to the question of what significance this item had for Tola.


 4:00 PMWe are one piece of longing. A walk in the footsteps of Jewish women in the Łódź ghetto [PL]

Host: Ewa Kamińska-Bużałek, Iza Olejnik
Organizer: Łódź Women’s Trail
Meeting point: entrance to the Bałucki Rynek Hall in Zgierska Street
The number of participants is limited

They painted their lips to look healthy and able to work, and thus avoid deportation from the Ghetto. They wrote poems and journals, even though pencil were so difficult to find. They fought for their survival and the survival of their children.

Let us take a walk in the footsteps of Jewish women of the Łódź Ghetto with the Łódź Wom-en's Route. We will tell the story of pre-war female artists and writers imprisoned in Litz-mannstadt Ghetto, women who were brought to Łódź - a city which was strange to them - during the occupation and placed in the Ghetto, and the problems and hardships which they had to face.

Walking around the area of the former Łódź Ghetto we will present their profiles and show  places which are related to them. We will give the floor to, among others, Chava Resenfarb, Ester Daum and Rywka Lipszyc, reading excerpts from their works referring to Łódź.


 7:00 PMBetween the Two Worlds – a concert inspired by the music of Dawid Bajgelman on the anniversary of the last transport from the Litzmannstadt Ghetto to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Online streaming: fb.com/centrumdialogulodz

* Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the number of participants and the nature of the meetings will depend on the currently applicable sanitary regulations

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