Lodz

Zachodnia Street

  ul. Zachodnia 14     18 Apr 2019

The building found at number 14 is where Rumkowski made his notorious speech calling for mothers and fathers to hand their children over for ‘transportation.’ The area was something of a hotbed for ghetto activity, and it was in its incarnation as Hamburgerstrasse that it touted a Department of Housing, Employment Office, Juvenile Court and a Department of Economics as well as the ghetto fire brigade and the HQ of the Jewish Police, the latter being a particularly zealous organisation whose 1,000 members were frequently prone to corruption and double dealing. They were established by Rumkowski on April 11, 1940 and worked with the German police to maintain order in the ghetto. None of the buildings that served these institutes survived the post-war bulldozers, though a stone tablet has been placed at ul. Zachodnia 14 marks the arrival spot of 1,000 Jews from Hamburg in 1941.

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