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Ghetto Chronicles Part II- Life and Death in the Łódź Ghetto

Date(s) - Thursday, March 26th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

dsc0801-version-2Ghetto Chronicles Part II- Life and Death in the Łódź Ghetto
with author and historian Sam Kassow

The Łódź Ghetto was the second-largest ghetto in Europe, and it survived until August 1944. The saga of the Łódź Ghetto is inseparable from the story of Chaim Rumkowski, whom the Nazis appointed as “The Elder of the Jews” in 1944 and who ruled the Ghetto with an iron hand until he perished in Auschwitz at the end of August 1944. Many Jews saw him as a vile and corrupt dictator while others grudgingly admired him for his determination to do whatever it took to gain time and save as many Jewish lives as possible. 

Join Sam Kassow, historian and author of Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto, for an in-depth look at the unique culture of the Łódź Ghetto. Explore the questions: How can we judge ghetto leaders like Rumkowski? And what lessons can we learn from the experience of Łódź?

Museum Members $6 | Nonmembers $8
Book sale and signing will immediately follow the lecture.
Use the registration link below to pre-purchase your copy of Who Will Write Our History?
(Retail $18.00 | Museum Members $16.20)

Museum Members $14 | Nonmembers $20

Programs include:
Ghetto Chronicles Part I- Who Will Write Our History
Ghetto Chronicles Part II- Life and Death in the Łódź Ghetto
Ghetto Chronicles Part III- Ghetto: Invention of Place and History of an Idea

About Sam Kassow 
Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity  College, holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has been a visiting professor at many institutions including the Hebrew University, Harvard, Toronto and Dartmouth. From 2006 until 2013 he was the lead historian for two galleries of the recently opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.  He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research.

Professor Kassow is the author of Who will Write  our  History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive (Indiana,  2007),  which received the Orbis Prize of the AAASS and which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. It has been translated into eight languages. He is also co-editor of Between Tsar and People (Princeton University Press,
1993) and edited  In Those Nightmarish Days: the Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz which Yale University Press published in October 2016. 

A child of Holocaust  survivors, Professor Kassow was born in a Displaced Persons camp in  Germany.

Co-sponsored by Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies. Offered in connection with The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, January 24 – May 17, 2020.

Image: Children playing in a ghetto street. Courtesy Yad Vashem Photo Archives 4062_116.

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