*TODAY* – Sunday, March 3 @ 4 pm, York U, Osgoode Hall Law School – Photo Exhibit “THE FACE OF THE GHETTO”

*Official opening event*  Sunday, March 3, 2013, 4pm, Moot Court, Osgoode Hall Law School




The Face of the Ghetto:  Pictures by Jewish Photographers from the Lodz Ghetto 1940-1944.
Osgoode Hall Law Library, February 24-March 17, 2013

Hours:  Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm

The Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School will host a unique photography exhibition of rare photographs taken by photographers in the Lodz (or Litzmannstadt) Ghetto between 1940 and 1944.

Official opening event:  Sunday, March 3, 2013, 4pm, Moot Court, Osgoode Hall Law School

Jan Gross photo

“On the Periphery of the Holocaust – Pillage and Killings of Jews by Their Neighbors.” Professor Jan Gross, Princeton University – Jan T. Gross is professor of History at Princeton University.  He is the author, among other books, of Neighbors (nominated for a National Book Award in 2001),Fear, Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz, and Revolution from Abroad.

First mounted in 2010 at the Topography of Terror Museum in Berlin, and then at the United Nations in New York in 2012, York will host the Canadian premier of this stunning collection of photographs, housing it at Osgoode Hall Law School.  A series of lectures, films and panels will coordinate with the event.  The official opening event will feature Professor Jan Gross (PrincetonUniversity), noted historian of Polish-Jewish relations.

Here is how the Topography of Terror Foundation describes the exhibition:  “A few Jewish photographers, commissioned by the Litzmannstadt ‘Jewish Council,’ took thousands of photographs of almost every aspect of ghetto life. Nearly 12,000 contact prints have survived and are currently held in the Lodz state archive. Fifty large-scale photographs from the Litzmannstadt Ghetto – the name given to Lodz by the German occupiers in 1940 – are shown in the exhibition, making the little known photo collection accessible to the public for the first time. The presentation, designed as a traveling exhibition, is accompanied by statements from former residents of the ghetto and entries from the ghetto chronicle. A short overview of the ghetto’s history, a description of the photography as an historic source and information about the photographers provide an introduction into the exhibition. The photographs, officially commissioned by the ‘Jewish Council,’ convey the Jewish photographers empathy with the ghetto inhabitants, clearly illuminating the ambivalence created by the ghetto inhabitants’ hopeless situation and their efforts to maintain their dignity and survive for as long as possible.”

Searching for Food at the Ghetto Dump

Created by bgill 30 Nov 2011

Rare Photo of a Jewish Round-up in Lodz

Created by bgill 30 Nov 2011

Lotz In Photos

The synagogue in Lodz, Poland, at Spacerowa (now Kosciuszki) Street

burned down by the Germans in November 1939

Jews of Lodz, forcibly driven from their homes to the newly established Lodz (Litzmanns Stadt) Ghetto in the Baluty quarter of the city, February 1940

Jews of Lodz move to the ghetto while the former Polish inhabitants leave Baluty, February 1940

A Jewish family of Lodz on their way to the Ghetto, winter 1940

A Jewish family of Lodz on their way to the Ghetto, winter 1940 (photo Mendel Grossman)

Jewish families of Lodz on their way to the Ghetto, winter 1940


ewish families of Lodz move to the Ghetto (Franciszkanska and Brzezinska Streets, respectively), winter 1940

Jewish deported from the liquidated small ghettos in the nearby small towns arrive in the Lodz Ghetto, fall 1941

Deportations in and out the Lodz Ghetto 1941-1942 (photo Mendel Grossman)

Jews deportated from Western Europe (e.g. from Vienna, Berlin, Prague and Luxembourg) arrive in the Lodz Ghetto, fall 1941

A five mark note in ghetto currency valid only in the Lodz Ghetto

People at the market in the Lodz Ghetto selling goods to survive, 1941.

Trading in the Lodz Ghetto (courtesy of Janina Malisz).

The pedestrian passage bridge over Zgierska Street that was excluded from the ghetto. In the foreground is Israel Lejzerowicz, an artist.

A controlled passage across Zgierska Street open only in some hours.


Forced labor in the Lodz Ghetto. The less fortunate Jewish women moving excrements (photo Mendel Grossman) 


A break for midday soup for Jewish slave laborers (photo Mendel Grossman)


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