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Lodz Ghetto (1988)

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The Polish city of Lodz was under Nazi occupation for nearly the entire duration of WWII. The segregation of the Jewish population into the ghetto, and the subsequent horrors of the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Jerzy Kosinski ...
Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski (voice)
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The Polish city of Lodz was under Nazi occupation for nearly the entire duration of WWII. The segregation of the Jewish population into the ghetto, and the subsequent horrors of the occupation are vividly chronicled through newsreels and photographs. The narration is taken almost entirely from journals and diaries of those who lived--and died--through the course of the occupation, with the number of different narrators diminishing over the course of the film, symbolic of the death of each narrator. Written by Jason A. Cormier <>

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They knew their words would reach you.







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29 October 1994 (Japan)  »

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Lódzkie getto  »

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the Holocaust, beyond the numbers
2 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw it on the big screen in late November of 1989, this heartbreaking true story of the notorious staging ground (one of the largest) for Hitler's Final Solution provided a heavy dose of reality in a season normally devoted to blockbuster fantasy...but it was also one of the stronger films of that or any year. Of course by now the facts about the Holocaust are all too familiar, and the fate of the Polish city of Lodz was by no means unique: out of 200,000 Jews herded into the ghetto only 800 lived to see the end of the war. The numbers speak for themselves, but the film doesn't rely on statistics to relate what turns out to be a compelling story, unfolding almost like a drama in the diaries and letters of witnesses and survivors, read aloud over a vivid and varied collection of archival film footage, still photos, and images of the modern city. Among the many voices is that of the designated Jewish Elder Mordechai Rumkowski, a controversial figure who struck a Faustian bargain of appeasement with the Nazis that sent many of his own people to their grave. His letters, together with those of his victims, help make this both a profoundly moving film and a vital lesson in all-too recent history.

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