Lodz Ghetto Database
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Yad Vashem, with the assistance of the Organization of Former Residents of Lodz in Israel, was able to purchase a photocopy of the registers from the Polish State Archives. The information in the registers was reorganized by resident name (from the original organization by apartment and building) and an attempt was made to edit duplicate entries. The result was published in a five volume set as Lodz-Names: List of the Ghetto Inhabitants, 1940-1944. The names are listed in alphabetical order, with a supplement of omitted names in a fifth volume.
The books may be found at Yad Vashem, and copies of the books are available at the Lodz landmanshaft in Israel, as well as at several libraries and research institutions listed below.
The alphabetic registers in the first four books were later entered by volunteers into a database format.
** However, it is important to note that no data from the fifth volume, containing data that was not otherwise included in the alphabetical compilation, is contained in this online database. The introduction to Volume Five reads "This book lists those inhabitants of Łódź ghetto, who for technical reasons were omitted from previous publications." The fifth volume contains 223 pages of 20,000 additional entries. In order to do a complete search, these entries should not be overlooked. For example, although the surname SCHWARCBERG / SCWARZBERG appears in the surname column in the first four volumes only 20 times, this surname appears over 200 times in Volume Five. Data from Volume Five is now searchable on-line at JewishGen, as of 2008. Read more about the Volume Five dataset at: http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Poland/LodzGhettoVol5.html.
Format of the Books
Maintained by the statistical department of the Judenrat (the ghetto's Jewish administration), the records were originally organized by ghetto address. Before the list was published, the data were computerized and reorganized by surname and given name, in alphabetical order. The information in the book is organized alphabetically by surname, then by given name. In addition to columns for surname and given name, there are column headers for “Sex”, “Birth Date”, “Occupation”, “Ghetto Address” and “Notes”. The “Notes” column includes information such as dates of changes of address, notations as to deportation from the ghetto, and death dates. There is often information on additional items such as maiden name. Information for an individual is often missing in one or more columns. In an effort to include all information, there are many instances of an individual being listed more than once, with either identical statistical information, or statistical information which could lead to the conclusion that two or more entries are for an identical individual.
Format of the Database
In compiling the online database, information was reorganized for clarity, and separated into additional data fields to allow greater searchability. Addresses for an individual entry were each placed into a separate field.
Each record consists of nine fields, with the following information:
Surname, in alphabetical order
Maiden name (occasionally)
Date of birth
Occupation (usually in German, also in Polish)
Notes: This section may include previous address* or town**, date of death or deportation (and possibly the transport number)
Łódź street names are listed as renamed by the Germans in 1939-1940. To find the equivalent Polish street names, and a
key to comparing German and Polish street names, see: http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Lodz/streets.htm.
** The Germans renamed many towns in 1939-1940. Equivalent Polish town names may be found in Lodz Ghetto Deportations and Statistics, Table C.
In August 1944, the Nazis dissolved the Judenrat and the ghetto was liquidated. Thus, no entries were made about the fate of those deported to Auschwitz in the ghetto's last days. The absence of such information is a clue in itself, however, especially if there is evidence the individual was still alive in 1944.
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