The Pedagogical and Programme Department of the IYMC proves the claim that learning is never complete. During a two-day external study trip to Łódź the educators explored its history starting from the prewar industrial period throughout the time of the Nazi occupation, visited the area of the former Litzmannstadt Ghetto and the Radegast train station as well as got acquainted with the work of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center.
The main textile production centre in the 19th-century Europe, Łódź was from its very beginning co-created by the Poles, Germans, Jews and Russians. The names of the Poznańskis, Scheiblers, Geyers, Silbersteins were known all over Poland. Following the Nazi invasion the Litzmannstadt Ghetto was established within the city. It functioned from February 1940 till June 23rd, 1944 and turned out to be the longest functioning ghetto on the occupied Polish territories.
After a tour of the former ghetto, illustrated with quotations from the testimonies of its inmates, the participants visited the Jewish Cemetery and the Pre-burial House, saw the territory of the former Gypsy camp for Roma and Sinti from Burgenland– a ghetto within a ghetto, which functioned from the autumn of 1941 till January 1942, and the Radegast train station, from which thousands of people were deported from the ghetto to extermination facilities, among others Auschwitz-Birkenau in August 1944. The tour was guided by Milena Wicepolska, a licensed tour guide from the Monumentum Iudaicum Lodzense Foundation.
The meeting at the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center was a nice opportunity to exchange the experience of educational work, discuss the possible cooperation in joined projects and walk through the Survivors’ Park.