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Bar of soap used in the Lodz (Litzmannstadt) ghetto

Object | Accession Number: 1987.90.96

Bar of soap found in Lodz Ghetto in German occupied Poland. Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, and occupied Lodz one week later. Lodz was renamed Litzmannstadt and, by February 1940, the Germans forcibly relocated the large Jewish population of 160,000 into a small, sealed ghetto. All residents had to do forced labor. Conditions were horrendous; the severe overcrowding and lack of food made disease and starvation common. In January 1942, mass deportations to Chelmno killing center began; half the residents were murdered by the end of the year. In summer 1944, Lodz, the last ghetto in Poland, was destroyed and the remaining Jews were sent to Chelmno and Auschwitz-Birkenau killing centers.

approximately 1940 February-1944 August
found : Litzmannstadt-Getto (Łódź, Poland); Lodz (Poland)
Object Type
Soap (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Żydowski Instytut Historyczny im. Emanuela Ringelbluma
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 07:01:24
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