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Remembering Lodz

Last updated: 2004-08-30

Entrance to Lodz

Entrance to Lodz

Survivors of Nazi persecution have gathered in Lodz, Poland, to mark the 60th anniversary of the final destruction by German forces of that city's Jewish ghetto.

The survivors and their families assembled Sunday at a wooded town cemetery. They remembered the more than 200,000 people who died under Nazi oppression in Lodz between April 1940 and August 1944, or after being shipped to death camps as the ghetto closed.

After offering prayers in the cemetery, survivors and city leaders Sunday moved to the nearby Radegast train station, departure point to those death camps.

The ghetto was a Jewish area of the city, in which 230,000 lived, that was closed off by the Germans and became a depository for an additional 30,000 to 45,000 Jews and Roma transferred from throughout Europe. By war's end, fewer than 900 people remained in the Lodz ghetto.

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