Given the close living quarters in the Lodz ghetto, its poor sanitary conditions, hard labor, lack of heat and warm clothing, and an inadequate food supply, it is not surprising that many succumbed to epidemics, starvation, and freezing weather, as well as the physical brutality of the Nazis. Heart disease, tuberculosis, and malnutrition caused many of the deaths in the ghetto. In the ghetto's five hospitals, staff tried to fight illness without adequate medicines, medical equipment, even beds.
About the Database:
This database contains the names of individuals who died in the Lodz Ghetto Hospital(s). Information was extracted from two sources: (1) the Ghetto Hospital Records, and (2) the Statistical Office Records. The Statistical Office Records are copies of the Ghetto Hospital Records. However, both have been used as sources because in some instances only one or other of the copies have survived or known to be in existence.
Ledgers were kept on a weekly basis and include approximately 14,500 individual records. Some of the original weekly ledgers are missing. Therefore, this database is not complete and will not include records for certain weeks. This database includes records from the week of 24 November 1941 to 18 June 1944.
Information contained in the database includes:
- Week Starting Date (List Date)
- Page Number
- Line Number
- Given Name
- Birth Date
- Birth Place
- Date of Death
- Cause of Death
- Document Source