Holocaust Memorial Center, Eastern Michigan University to Host Sascha Feuchert for Rare Look Into Daily Life of Lodz Ghetto
Farmington Hills, MI, February 10, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus (www.holocaustcenter.org) and Eastern Michigan University will host Holocaust literature expert Dr. Sascha Feuchert for a presentation on the book, “The Ghetto Chronicle of Lodz/Litzmannstadt: News Bulletins from a Horrible Life,” on Feb. 13.
Beginning at 7 p.m., at the Holocaust Memorial Center located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, Feuchert will examine the writings of the group of Polish-Jewish philosophers, journalists and writers who penned this amazing and devastating day-by-day record of life in Poland’s Lodz Ghetto. The event is free to the general public.
The city of Lodz had a population of 672,000 (including 233,000 Jews) when German forces invaded in September 1939. They then renamed it Lizmannstadt and sent all Jews from Lodz to what they called the Lodz Ghetto.
Polish-Jewish writers, philosophers and poets began documenting ghetto life on a daily basis starting in January 1941. They called their work, The Bulletin of the Daily Chronicle, or "the newspaper without readers." Later, Jews transported to the ghetto from other parts of Europe contributed to the chronicle, which ended in 1944.
Feuchert will discuss the writings, which provide a unique look into the daily life of the ghetto inhabitants, ranging from the weather and how many people died and were born to prices on the black market. The works also chronicle the devastation in Lodz, the second largest Jewish ghetto in Nazi Europe. More than 163,000 people were interned in 1941. By 1944, that number was reduced to 877 due to deaths and deportations.
Feuchert has won numerous awards for his research. He was recently named vice president of the German PEN-Club, an association of writers that emphasizes the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture, and the fight for freedom of expression.
An honorary professor, Feuchert has taught EMU students during the study abroad trip, "Representing the Holocaust." He also is the academic adviser for EMU students when they attend Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, for up to two semesters.
It is the mission of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus to remember those who perished and those who survived the Holocaust and, in a world increasingly faced with sectarian strife and intolerance, to set forth the lessons of Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making. By highlighting those individuals who, in the midst of evil, stood for the best, rather than the worst of human nature, the Holocaust Memorial Center seeks to contribute to maintaining an open and free society.
The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.
For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.