In his comprehensive examination of the Lodz Ghetto, originally published in Yiddish in 1962, historian Isaiah Trunk sought to describe and explain the tragedy that befell the Jews imprisoned in the first major ghetto imposed by the Germans after they invaded Poland in 1939. Lodz had been home to nearly a quarter million Jews. When the Soviet military arrived in January 1945, they found 877 living Jews and the remains of a vast industrial enterprise that had employed masses of enslaved Jewish laborers. Based on an exhaustive study of primary sources in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish, German, and Russian, Isaiah Trunk, a former resident of Lodz, reconstructs the organization of the ghetto and discusses its provisioning; forced labor; diseases and mortality; crime and deportations; living conditions; political, social, and cultural life; and resistance. Included are translations of the 141 documents that Trunk reproduced in his volume.
Isaiah Trunk (1905-1982) was Senior Research Associate and Chief Archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He is author of Judenrat: The Jewish Councils in Eastern Europe under Nazi Occupation. Robert Moses Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is editor of Holocaust Chronicles: Individualizing the Holocaust through Diaries and Other Contemporaneous Personal Accounts.
Contents<\> List of Major Tables, Charts, and Maps List of Abbreviations Translator-Editor's Introduction Robert Moses Shapiro Isaiah Trunk Joseph Kermish Introduction: The Distinctiveness of the Lodz Ghetto Israel Gutman Foreword Jacob Robinson Author's Preface Isaiah Trunk I. Establishment of the Ghetto Documents 123 II. Organization of the Ghetto Documents 2664 III. Provisioning Documents 6583 IV. Forced Labor Documents 8495 V. Diseases and Mortality VI. Persecutions, Murder, and Deportations Documents 96112 VII. Internal Conditions Documents 113141 VIII. The Problem of Resistance IX. Conclusions and Summations Documents Arranged by Chapter Street Names in Lodz Ghetto Bibliography Indexes Names of German Officials and Business Firms Places Subjects
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