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Day Of Remembrance In Lodz

         A Day of Remembrance for the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto was recently held in the city. The mayor of Lodz, the Israel Ambassador to Poland and the Chief Rabbi of Poland led the march, of nearly 1,000, from the Jewish cemetery to the site of the Radegast Train Station where the Jews had been gathered before being sent to their deaths in Auschwitz.

 

         After the moving ceremony at the impressive memorial erected at the former station the survivors went to the Survivors Park, established by the city, to remember the past but also to celebrate and honor the future.

 

         Lodz had once been a major Jewish city but 200,000 were murdered in the Shoah. Today the small community is still striving to reestablish itself.

 

         In the coming weeks I will be giving a more detailed report on this small but growing community.

 

 

 

Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, and Mr. Yehuda Widavski of Israel,  reciting Tehillim, El-Maleh and Kaddish at the gathering in front of the Holocaust Memorial at the Lodz Jewish Cemetery.


 


 

 

 

The march from the cemetery to the Radegast Station led by the City Honor Guard and officials, including  Israel Ambassador David Peleg.


 


 


 

 


Entering the Radegast Station area memorial that includes two train cars and a locomotive engine dating to the Shoah.


 


 

 

 


Rabbi Netanel Chaim Turnheim the Admor of Wolbroz, who spoke at the gathering, contemplating the tracks over which 200,000 Jews traveled, on the way to their deaths in Auschwitz.


 

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I REMEMBER WHEN I first started working at the Jewish Press 18 years ago, Arnie who was in charge of the newsroom, took me under his wing…

The official beginning of World War II was September 1, 1939. On that day German soldiers invaded Gdansk after bombarding the city with a military warship. As part of the Polish Government’s official series of events marking seven decades since the start of World War II, Poland’s Jewish community and the Jerusalem-based “Shavei Israel” organization held a special ceremony yesterday in the Gdansk synagogue to commemorate the outbreak of the war, which paved the way for the Holocaust.

The official beginning of World War II was September 1, 1939. On that day German soldiers invaded Gdansk after bombarding the city with a military warship. As part of the Polish Government’s official series of events marking seven decades since the start of World War II, Poland’s Jewish community and the Jerusalem-based “Shavei Israel” organization held a special ceremony yesterday in the Gdansk synagogue to commemorate the outbreak of the war, which paved the way for the Holocaust.

September 1, 1939 is the date on which Germany invaded Poland, starting WWII. While it should be said that the start of the war was not the start of the Shoah, which actually began with the rise of Nazism in 1933, it was a major milestone in the annals of the Holocaust. Within the first few days of the war, Germany had conquered and/or bombed much of Poland, including the capital, Warsaw.

September 1, 1939 is the date on which Germany invaded Poland, starting WWII. While it should be said that the start of the war was not the start of the Shoah, which actually began with the rise of Nazism in 1933, it was a major milestone in the annals of the Holocaust. Within the first few days of the war, Germany had conquered and/or bombed much of Poland, including the capital, Warsaw.

In September 1939 the Germans started establishing ghettos in the occupied territory of Poland. Ghettos played an important role in the Jewish extermination policy. They were filled with Polish and Western European Jewish deportees. The ghettos differed in times of existence, size, internal organization, and living conditions. The Germans called them ” death boxes” (Todeskiste). The city of Lodz belonged to the Wartheland District and the Germans changed its name into Litzmannstadt.

In September 1939 the Germans started establishing ghettos in the occupied territory of Poland. Ghettos played an important role in the Jewish extermination policy. They were filled with Polish and Western European Jewish deportees. The ghettos differed in times of existence, size, internal organization, and living conditions. The Germans called them ” death boxes” (Todeskiste). The city of Lodz belonged to the Wartheland District and the Germans changed its name into Litzmannstadt.

Growing up in the U.S. during the second half of the 20th century, I, along with most people, know very little about the First World War. The little that I did know was about the trench warfare in France and Belgium. The Eastern Front was barely, if ever, mentioned and usually stated that it ended with the Russian Revolution and overthrowing the Czar.

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