Photo Credit: Shem Olam Institutte
Lodz Ghetto Sukkah

The Shem Olam Institutte released this holiday images of the way Jews in the Lodz ghetto celebrated Sukkot in 1941—shortly before the train rides to the death camps were to begin.

The Gur Chassidim in the Lodz ghetto, among them my family, sent a special thank you note to the head of the Judenrat (German for “Jewish council”), Chaim Romkowski, for allotting their community two etrogim for the holiday.

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Long lines stretched with Jews waiting to keep the mitzvah of shaking a lulav.

Using wood to construct a sukkah required special permits from the authorities.

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