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Life in the Ghetto

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The complexity of life in the Lodz Ghetto can be seen through thousands of photographs taken by Henryk Ross that show the everyday existence of the ghetto’s Jewish population. This lesson encourages students to examine daily life in the ghetto. Most residents had no running water or sanitation and faced starvation and overcrowding. These images force us to confront issues of social class, leadership, gender, poverty, forced labour, destruction of religious institutions, starvation and death. How do Henryk Ross’s photographs represent the complexity of life in the Lodz Ghetto?

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ArtistSorted AscendingTitle Date Accession #
Henryk Ross A festive occasion1940-19442007/2015.12
Henryk Ross A young woman in a garden19422007/1977.11
Henryk Ross An intimate moment between ghetto residents1940-19442007/1983.30
Henryk Ross Celebrations after liberation by the Red ArmyJanuary 19452007/1962.21
Henryk Ross Children playing as ghetto policemenca. 19432007/1976.27
Henryk Ross Execution by hanging in ghetto1940-19442007/2336
Henryk Ross German inspectors of production and factories with director Winograd1940-19442007/2387
Henryk Ross Jewish police with bags of bread and provisions1940-19442007/2022.167
Henryk Ross Lodz residents crossing the Zigerska Street bridge1940-19442007/2343
Henryk Ross Mattress and woodframe production at the Holzwollenfabrik workshop19422007/1964.16
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