Ghettostadt: Lódz and the Making of a Nazi City

Ghettostadt: Lódz and the Making of a Nazi City

by Gordon J. Horwitz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674045548

ISBN-13: 9780674045545

Pub. Date: 05/01/2010

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Under the Third Reich, Nazi Germany undertook an unprecedented effort to refashion the city of Łódź. Home to prewar Poland’s second most populous Jewish community, this was to become a German city of enchantment—a modern, clean, and orderly showcase of urban planning and the arts. Central to the undertaking, however, was a crime of

Overview

Under the Third Reich, Nazi Germany undertook an unprecedented effort to refashion the city of Łódź. Home to prewar Poland’s second most populous Jewish community, this was to become a German city of enchantment—a modern, clean, and orderly showcase of urban planning and the arts. Central to the undertaking, however, was a crime of unparalleled dimension: the ghettoization, exploitation, and ultimate annihilation of the city’s entire Jewish population.

Ghettostadt is the terrifying examination of the Jewish ghetto’s place in the Nazi worldview. Exploring ghetto life in its broadest context, it deftly maneuvers between the perspectives and actions of Łódź’s beleaguered Jewish community, the Germans who oversaw and administered the ghetto’s affairs, and the “ordinary” inhabitants of the once Polish city. Gordon Horwitz reveals patterns of exchange, interactions, and interdependence within the city that are stunning in their extent and intimacy. He shows how the Nazis, exercising unbounded force and deception, exploited Jewish institutional traditions, social divisions, faith in rationality, and hope for survival to achieve their wider goal of Jewish elimination from the city and the world. With unusual narrative force, the work brings to light the crushing moral dilemmas facing one of the most significant Jewish communities of Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, while simultaneously exploring the ideological underpinnings and cultural, economic, and social realities within which the Holocaust took shape and flourished.

This lucid, powerful, and harrowing account of the daily life of the “new” German city, both within and beyond the ghetto of Łódź, is an extraordinary revelation of the making of the Holocaust.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674045545
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Autumn 1939: Conquest 8

2 A City without Jews 30

3 The Enclosure 62

4 The Ghetto Will Endure 91

5 The Ghetto and the City of the Future 113

6 Banishment 143

7 Departure, Worry, and Disappearance 159

8 "Give Me Your Children" 192

9 Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die? 232

10 Numbered Are the Days 266

Epilogue 311

Notes 325

Acknowledgments 383

Index 385

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