Diary Entries on Deportations from the Łódź Ghetto

Entries from the diary of an anonymous girl from 1942 that mention deportations from the Łódź ghetto.


Many of the diary entries of the Anonymous Girl mention deportations.

Friday, February 24 [actually February 27], 1942

Right now winter is at its full strength and the deportations continue.  Every day about five hundred people are deported: welfare recipients, black-marketeers, and small families of up to three persons.1

Saturday, February 28, 1942

At twelve-thirty a little girl brought a note that said, “Dear Esterka and Minia, please come as soon as possible, because we’re being deported and I would like to say good-bye to you.”

It was written by my sister’s friend.  I’m completely broken.  How much she has already suffered, how much she has wrestled with difficulties.2

Thursday, March 5, 1942

The deportations have stopped for a while, but only for a couple of days, because there are no wagons for the deported people.3

Monday, March 9, 1942

The freezing weather is over. The deportations are still taking place. People are upset, the atmosphere is very tense.4

Monday, March 16, 1942

There is a problem with small change.  Deported people took their change with them.  In the cooperative they don’t want to give change. People give fifty pfennigs instead of ten. Until now, they have exchanged ghetto rumkis [ghetto currency named for Rumkowski] for German marks, but nowadays people don’t make any business with coins.  I had to leave fifty pfennigs at the cashier’s, because I don’t have any change.5

Wednesday, March 18, 1942

They are deporting people all the time. Right now they are deporting families. Sixty husbands or children. . .6

Source

[1] Alexandra Zapruder, ed., Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) 231.

[2] Alexandra Zapruder, ed., Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) 232.

[3]  Alexandra Zapruder, ed., Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) 234.

[4] Alexandra Zapruder, ed., Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) 235.

[5] Alexandra Zapruder, ed., Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) 241.

[6] Alexandra Zapruder, ed., Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, 2nd edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) 242.

Topic:
Holocaust
Place:
Poland

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