Holocaust Lecture At Ithaca College To Focus On 'Making Of A Nazi City'

ITHACA, NY — Historian Gordon J. Horwitz will deliver the annual Holocaust Lecture at Ithaca College on Thursday, Oct. 29. His talk, “Ghettostadt: Łódź and the Making of a Nazi City,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. Sponsored by the Jewish studies program, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Located in central Poland, Łódź was one of the first occupied cities to be annexed to the Third Reich. In 1940, the Nazis set about remaking it as a model German city, even renaming it Litzmannstädt after a prominent World War I commander. The city’s 200,000 Jews — a third of its residents — were confined to a ghetto.

In his lecture, which takes its title from his 2008 book, Horwitz will describe the efforts of the Germans to turn Łódź 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, nearly all of the Jews of Łódź had been killed.

A professor of history at Illinois Wesleyan University, Horwitz specializes in modern European and German history. His research has focused on World War II and the Holocaust. In 1990 he published “In the Shadow of Death: Living Outside the Gates of Mauthausen,” a study of the way in which the civilian population surrounding an Austrian concentration camp related to the camp.

For more information on the annual Holocaust Lecture, contact Rebecca Lesses, coordinator of Jewish studies, at or (607) 274-3556.

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