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Recent research into the history of Łódź Ghetto

Author(s): Michał Trębacz
Subject(s): History, Jewish Thought and Philosophy, History of Judaism, History of Antisemitism
Published by: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
Keywords: Łódź ghetto; historiography; Łódź Ghetto Encyclopaedia; Ringelblum Archives

Summary/Abstract: The author of the article embarks on an attempt at an aggregated review of scientific writings of the recent years connected with the history of the Łódź Ghetto. By presenting brief reviews of six publications, both monographs and source publications, he pinpoints not only the topics ignored by the researchers so far but first of all critically assesses the methods and methodology applied so far. The author looks at the consequences of the researchers’ approach and himself suggests taking a fresh look at the documentation left after the Łódź “closed-door district.” The key question he asks is about the right approach to the archives of the Jewish ghetto administration and the texts written by its employees. How can the credibility of these materials be evaluated? Were they subject to some form of censorship? What perspective to they offer? The article is not only a statement in the debate over the skills of the students of the Ghetto’s history but also the history of the Holocaust at large.

  • Issue Year: 261/2017
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 107-122
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish