Memoria [EN] No 50 (11/2021) - Page 19

Exhibition scenario: Marcin Gawryszczak, Andrzej Grzegorczyk

Cooperation: Bogdan Galas, Maria Szulc

Substantive consultant: Izabela Terela

Visual design: Tamara Sass

Partners: National Archive in Łódź, Museum of Martyrology in Żabikówo, Museum of the Former German Kulmhof Death Camp in Chełmno on the Ner, Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes, Association of Roma in Poland, Foundation Towards Dialogue, Roma Counselling and Information Centre in Poland.

The exhibition has been co-financed with funds from the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport derived from the Culture Promotion Fund and funds from the City of Łódź under a specific grant.

conditions they had to live in, the spread of the typhus epidemic and liquidation of the camp. The postscript, in turn, is a fragment about Kuźnia Romów (The Roma Smithy Building) as a crime site - a place of remembrance. Elements of the author's narrative have been practically eliminated in favour of historical sources. It was done primarily to shift the focus from factual knowledge to establishing an emotional connection with the recounted story. Therefore, a unique element is the audio account of Arnold Mostowicz, a physician and prisoner of the Łódź ghetto, who diagnosed the spread of the epidemic in the camp and witnessed the tragedy of the Roma. His memories of the prevailing conditions in the camp, documented years later, are a shocking picture of the reality in which the inmates had to live and die.

The new exhibition and accompanying activities provide an opportunity to learn about the history of this unique and only Gypsy family camp, besides (Zigeunerfamilienlager) in Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a place of isolation for the Roma during the occupation of Poland.