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Contributed by Rebecca Lesses on 10/18/2009
Dr. Gordon J. Horwitz is speaking on October 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm in Emerson A on "Ghettostadt: Łódź and the Making of a Nazi City"
Łódź, in Poland, was one of the first occupied cities to be annexed to the Third Reich, and the Nazis set about remaking it as a model German city. More than 200,000 Jews lived in Łódź, a third of the city’s residents. The Nazis confined the Jews of the city in a ghetto, which the Nazis sealed by May 1940. In his lecture, Horwitz will describe the efforts of the Germans to turn Łódź (renamed Litzmannstadt) into a perfect expression of German ideals while exploiting and destroying the Jewish populace, now hidden away behind barbed wire in crowded tenements. By the end of the war, almost all of the Jews of Łódź had been killed.