The End of the Lodzermensch?
Das Ende des Lodzermenschen?
May 2011 - Encounter with Łódź born Jewish, Polish and German witnesses to history. A filmic documentation.
Fundacji Współpracy Polsko-Niemieckiej
and Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future"
In cooperation with the University of Łódź we will organize an
encounter project between students/lecturers and Łódź citizens with five Łódź -born witnesses to history.
They will report about everyday life and the differing cultural realities in the city before,
during and after the Second World War. Their reports will help us to better envision and empathize (perhaps to better understand)
how drastic, horrific and inexplicable the breach of the Second World War was and the consequences it
had on this European city - and above all on individual people and their families.
We will look at the histories and destinies of individual people
of Łódź who stem from different cultural backgrounds.
The witnesses we will meet are of Polish, Jewish, German or mixed decent.
Some of them escaped, some were deported, some expelled, some left Łódź during or after the war, and
some of them stayed. All of the witnesses we will meet were children or teenagers before or during the war.
Our project is divided in an encounter "seminar" featuring Łódź witnesses individually
on separate days in May (with reports, questions and answers) and a visit to places in Łódź
that are of importance to them individually - be it very private, or historical or of other symbolism.
Our project will be documented on film and in text.
Time frame and place:
- May 9th to May 29th 2011: Encounter with witnesses at the University of Łódź , in the city of Łódź and its outskirts
- Project documentation will be published on an dedicated website in summer 2011
- Public presentation of filmic documentation in Łódź in September 2011
Looking for participants:
We are looking for......
For this project we are looking for organizational help in May in Łódź, and for translators for June/July.
As this project and the visits of witnesses to their former home
town will be documented (filmed), we are looking for students who would like to be involved more intensely.
This could be interesting for film students, students of German studies, history, Jewish studies etc.
- second camera man/woman
- audio recording/boomers
- production help
- transcription + translation (polish>german, german>polish, hebrew>polish/german)
If you are interested and would like to know more about this project and conditions, contact us or send your application:
10963 Berlin (Germany)
University of Lódz, Faculty of Literature and
Culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Contact person: Dr. Krystyna Radziszewska
ul. Sienkiewicza 21
Tel.: 0048 42 635 5115
Our project is funded by following foundations:
Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit (Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation)
Rainer Bickelmann Foundation
Stiftung "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft" (Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future)
(programme "Encounters with former forced labourers and other victims"
Lodzermensch - a Film Workshop (2008)