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Carved wooden box handmade and used in the Łódź Ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 2004.630.3

Handmade carved wooden box used in the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Poland. It has the year 1932 etched in the lid with a later addition of the year 1940 and the name Estera Tannenbaum Hersz. Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, and one week later occupied Łódź. They renamed it Litzmannstadt and in February 1940 relocated all the Jews, roughly 100,000 people, into a sealed ghetto. Prewar Łódź was a thriving industrial city and the ghetto continued to be an important manufacturing center. Daily life and social and economic activity in the ghetto was handled by a Council of Jewish Elders who reported to the German authorities. There were continual food shortages and death from starvation was common. By September 1942, the Germans had deported the majority of the residents to Chelmno killing center. The ghetto was destroyed in May 1944.

Date
creation:  1932
use:  1932-1944
Geography
creation: Litzmannstadt-Getto (Łódź, Poland); Łódź (Poland)
Language
German
Classification
Containers
Category
Boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rafal Imbro
 
Record last modified: 2020-09-22 10:10:26
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