Field Guide to Jewish Lodz

The Field Guide to Jewish Łódź, published by the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation, in partnership with the Libitzky Family Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, offers a comprehensive description of important landmarks of Jewish Łódź and the context in which to view and understand them. Four detailed walking tours of the city, with street maps and descriptions, are interlaced with provocative discussion questions that add another dimension to a visitor’s explorations. Numerous sidebars illuminate specific topics such as the Baigelman family musical dynasty, the rich and diverse history of Lodz film, theater, and art, the strikingly difficult conditions of the WWII Lodz ghetto, and the modern-day search for mezuzah traces. To set the larger context, the field guide is bookended with an introduction to the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Poland and a comprehensive listing of Jewish partner organizations and cooperating institutions in 16 Polish cities.