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The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto (A Selection)

The Chronicle of the Lodz Ghetto (A Selection)

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Acclaimed novelist Steve Sem-Sandberg drew on this 6,000 page source for much of his novel THE EMPEROR OF LIES - here you can look at the reality behind his story. Reproduced by permission of Yale University Press: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/home.asp
Acclaimed novelist Steve Sem-Sandberg drew on this 6,000 page source for much of his novel THE EMPEROR OF LIES - here you can look at the reality behind his story. Reproduced by permission of Yale University Press: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/home.asp

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Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux on Aug 30, 2011
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INTHEMONTHOFMARCHthenumberofarrestsreached1,011.Fourhundredtwelvepeoplewerearrestedfortheft,61forresistingtheauthorities,and538forvariousoffenses.Onethousandtwenty-threepeoplediedintheghettoinMarch(1,069inFebruary),55birthswereregistered(52inFebruary).HUNGERwasthecauseofdeathofAbrahamMorgensztern,a21-year-oldhomelessandunem-ployedyouthwhodiedtodayinagarretat30WolborskaStreet.
SUNDAY,APRIL27,1941
MARKETSTALLSDEMOLISHEDInviewofthegrowingneedfor,andincreasingshortageof,lumberandfuel,allwoodenmarketstallsandboothsonsquaresandmarketshavebeenordereddemol-ished.Beginningtoday,streetpeddlerswillplacetheirgoodsdirectlyonthegroundoronchairsortablesbroughtfromtheirhomes.Onlythestallsbelongingtoinvalidsescapeddemolition.DEATHOFTHEOLDESTINHABITANTToday,DawidMajer,theghetto'soldestinhabitant,diedattheageof94.Thede-ceasedhadbeenlivingattheOldPeople'sHome.
WEDNESDAY,APRIL30,1941
THEELDESTOFTHEJEWSINOZORKOWS
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Today,Mr.Barcinski,theEldestoftheJewsinOzorkow,arrivedintheghettohereforastayofafewdays.HeconferredwiththeChairman.
SATURDAY,MAY3,1941
THEGHETTO'SFOODSUPPLYLatelytheghetto'srequestsforfoodhavebeenmatchedbythesupply.Apartfromthecurrentrequisitions,considerableshipmentsofvegetablesandpotatoeshavebeenarrivinghere.Theghettoisreceivingyellowsugarinadditiontotheamountre-quested,whichisentirelylimitedtoregularsugar.Coaldeliveriesremainextremelymeager.Theghettoreceivednocoalatalllastweekwhilethisweekithasreceivedscarcely150,000kilograms.
63.Ozork6w,atowntothenorthofLodz.In1941therewerearound4,500Jewsintheghettothere.
 
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SUICIDELEAPFROMABRIDGEThebridgeoverZgierskaStreetbetweenLutomierskaStreetandKoscielnySquareis,fromtimetotime,usedbysuicidestocarl}'outtheirdesperateaim.Todaythepoliceblotternotedtwosuicideattemptsfromthatbridge.At1:30
P.M.
33-year-oldEfraimRegenbaum(of25GnieznienskaStreet)attemptedtotakehisownlifebyjumpingfromtheupperlevelofthebridgetothepavement,andtwohourslaterhewasfollowedby26-year-oldDawidJakubowicz.Theywerebothtakentothehospitalincriticalcondition.
SUNDAY,MAY4,1941
THEPOPULATIONOFTHEGHETTOonMay1ofthisyearcomesto148,547.ASUICIDEAt10
A.M.,
40-year-oldHenochButerman(of24ZydowskaStreet)leapedfromafourth-storystairwellwindowtothepavementofthecourtyardbelowat5ZgierskaStreet.Hesuffereddeathonthespot.
WEDNESDAY,MAY7,1941
ANEWDIRECTORFORTHEDEPARTMENTOFHEALTHTherehasbeenacrisisforseveralweeksnowinconnectionwiththepostofdirectoroftheDepartmentofHealth,acrisiscausedbytheresignationofDr.LeonSzykier.TheChairmanacceptedthatresignationyesterdayandhasappointedDr.WiktorMillerdirectoroftheDepartmentofHealth.ASUICIDEFifty-one-year-oldLajaArm(of7WawelskaStreet)hascommittedsuicidebyjumpingintoadeepwell.
FRIDAY,MAY9,1941
ANINSPECTIONOFTHEGHETTOInconnectionwithGauleiter[ofWartheland,Artur]Greiser'spresenceinthecity,acommissioncomposedofthemostimportantrepresentativesofthemunicipalad-ministrationandthemilitaryauthoritiescametotheghettotoday.Amongotherthings,thecommissionvisitedafewfactories.
 
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SATURDAY,MAY10,1941
ATRAVELINGGROUPOFGERMANJOURNALISTSnumberingaroundfiftypersonsspentsometimeintheghettotodayinconnectionwithGauleiterGreiser'slastdayinthecity.Thegrouparrivedintheghettobybusandvisitedthetailorshopsat45LagiewnickaStreet.FUELSITUATIONGRAVECoalcontinuestoarriveintheghettoinminimalamounts.The[German]GhettoAdministrationhasannouncedthattheghettowillreceivenomorethan800tonsofcoalpermonth,500tonstobeusedbythesoupkitchensandbakeries,160tonsbyfactoriesfillingordersforthemilitary,and140tonsbythehospitals.The[Jewish]localauthoritiesareobligedbytheGhettoAdministrationtostoreanyamountofcoalreceivedinexcessof800tonspermonthsolelyasareserve,andtheGermanau-thoritiesaretobeperiodicallyinformedastothestatusofthosereserves,
It
isworthnotingherethattheminimalneedfortheCommunity'sinstitutionsandenterprisesrequires1,000tonsamonth,and750tonsamonthareneededtomakeeventhemostmeagerofallocationstothepublicatlarge,figuringscarcely5kilogramsperperson.Thesestatisticsillustratewithperfectclaritytheimmensedisproportionthatre-mainsbetweenthemonthlycoalsupplygrantedtheghettoandtheghetto'smostminimalneeds.ABODYONTHESTAIRSThebodyof46-year-oldChajaJakubowicz,aresidentof17ZydowskaStreet,wasfoundtodayonastairwellat31NowomiejskaStreet.
SUNDAY,MAY11,1941
REMOVALOFTHEWESTERNQUARTEROFTHEGHETTOTheevacuationofthepeopleresidinginthewesternquarteroftheghettobegantoday.Thissection,encompassingGeneralska,Oficerska,Lesna,andDrewnowskastreets(beginningatNo.79Drewnowskaandgoingup),aswellasafewlastbuildingsonLutomierskaStreet,willbeseveredfromtheghetto.Thisquarterhas64buildingsinhabitedby1,330people.TheresidentswereevacuatedtoPrecinctIIoftheOrderService.ABUILDINGFORTHEGHETTOADMINISTRATIONTheConstructionDepartmenthasreceivedanordertobeginworkonremodelingthebuildingattheintersectionofCegielnianaandPilsudskistreets[outsidetheghetto],whichhasbeendesignatedforthe[German]GhettoAdministration.Thedepartmentisnowsendingitsengineers,foremen,andworkerstothebuildingonadailybasis.

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