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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113171

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.001.0001

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Lucjan Dobroszycki, editor. The Chronicle of the Łódź Ghetto 1947-1944. New Haven, Connecticut and London: Yale University Press. 1984. Pp. 551.

Lucjan Dobroszycki, editor. The Chronicle of the Łódź Ghetto 1947-1944. New Haven, Connecticut and London: Yale University Press. 1984. Pp. 551.

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Lucjan Dobroszycki, editor. The Chronicle of the Łódź Ghetto 1947-1944. New Haven, Connecticut and London: Yale University Press. 1984. Pp. 551.
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1
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John P. Fox

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.003.0052

This chapter investigates The Chronicle of the Łódź Ghetto 1941–1944 (1984), which was edited by Lucjan Dobroszycki. In a truly devastating manner, the Chronicle highlights such questions as the role and behaviour of the Jewish Council, but above all it shows the day-to-day struggle of the inhabitants of the ghetto to survive in the face of extreme poverty, overcrowding, disease, hunger, and starvation, not to say the threats and then the actual fact of physical extermination at the hands of the Nazis. But for the Jews of the time, and indeed for present-day historians, the one question which dominates everything is this: was there anything that the Jews could do which would help determine their own fate or even survival when confronted with different Nazi policies at different times? And the short answers which the Chronicle so tragically provides is: very little for most of the time, and nothing at all when the Nazi authorities had finally and firmly decided upon the physical annihilation of the Jews. The particular value of the Łódź Chronicle is that it consists of contemporary records and accounts of the daily life of the Jewish ghetto in a city which before the outbreak of war contained a Jewish population of some 250,000 souls.

Keywords:   Lucjan Dobroszycki, Łódź ghetto, Jewish Council, Nazis, Jews, Nazi policies, Nazi authorities, Jewish ghetto, Jewish population

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