Resources for Moshe

To continue your study of this topic and to help with your research, use the following additional sources. Books preceded by an asterisk are recommended for middle and high school students.


  • In the Beginning Was the Ghetto: Notebooks from Łódź
    Rosenfeld, Oskar, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2002.
    Provides full text translations of 17 of the author’s research notebooks and writings from his work chronicling life in the Łódź ghetto. Includes editor’s notes.
  • Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland Before the Holocaust.
    Shandler, Jeffrey, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
    Autiobiographies of a variety of young Polish Jews written for the YIVO Institute in the 1930s.
  • The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Lodz Ghetto
    Sierakowiak, Dawid. Author: Dawid Sierakowiak, Alan Adelson, ed., Kamil Turowski, trans. , New York and Oxford, 1996.
    Diary of 15-year-old in the Lodz Ghetto.
  • Lodz Ghetto: A History
    Trunk, Isaiah. Robert Moses Shapiro, trans., Bloomington, IN, 2006.
    Scholarly work written by a survivor from Lodz. Includes some primary sources and documents.
  • Children of a Vanished World
    Visniac, Roman, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.
    Photos of children in pre-war Eastern Europe.
  • In Those Terrible Days: Writings from the Lodz Ghetto
    Zelkowicz, Josef, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2002
    Reproduces writings and accounts created by the author while working inside the Łódź ghetto. Includes photographs and footnotes.
  • Destined to Live: A True Story of a Child in the Holocaust
    Gruener, Ruth with Rachel Klein, New York: Scholastic, 2007.
    A compelling autobiography of a child hidden in Poland during the Holocaust.


    Full translation of the Yizkor Book for Brzeziny, Poland
    An online exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Online exhibition of Yad Vashem


  • Image Before My Eyes
    88 minutes, 2006
    The story of Jewish life in Poland between the two World Wars. Includes scenes of urban and rural life, and covers the rise and flourishing of the many religious and secular economic, political, and social movements.
  • Lodz Ghetto
    118 minutes, 1989
    This film examines the nightmarish struggle for survival that was the daily lot of the people trapped in the longest lasting Jewish ghetto.
  • The Story of Chaim Rumkowski and the Jews of Lodz
    55 minutes, 1982
    Using archival footage, this documentary narrates the story of one of the Holocaust’s most controversial figures.
  • The Photographer
    52 minutes, 1998
    Considers a collection of 400 color slides made by amateur Nazi photographer and chief accountant of Łódź ghetto, Walter Genewein, for whom taking photographs of human misery was a hobby. Dr. Arnold Mostowicz, a Łódź ghetto survivor, provides a first-hand account of one of World War II’s darkest chapters.