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Lodz Ghetto grave marker for a Jewish woman recovered by her daughter

Object | Accession Number: 2003.176.1

Engraved marker for the grave of Chaja Gitla Fortunska recovered in Lodz, Poland, after the war by her daughter Alicja Dworzecka. On January 28, 1943, Chaja, 55, was buried in the Jewish cemetery in Lodz Ghetto, having passed away after unsuccessful intestinal surgery at the ghetto hospital. Chaja, husband Jankiel, children Dawid, Alicja, and Moniek, with their spouses, were residents of Lodz, which was occupied by Germany in September 1939. Many punitive restrictions were placed on the Jewish populace, including forced labor and confiscation of property. Jews were interned in a ghetto which, by April 1940, was closed off by barbed wire. Living conditions were atrocious, with extreme overcrowding, starvation, illness, and lack of sanitation. Chaja's children Moniek and Alicja, and their spouses, fled the ghetto by early 1941. Alicja survived the war in Uzbekistan. The rest of her family perished.

1943 January 28  (commemoration)
1946  (recovered)
use : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Lodz ghetto) historic; Lodz (Poland)
recovery : Lodz (Poland)
Jewish Art and Symbolism
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Alicja Herszkowicz Dworzecka
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:20
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