About the Museum
The Radegast Station Division
The Museum of Independence Traditions in Łódź is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Łódź.
The Museum has several divisions, which is why it is the only institution in the region allowing the visitors to get to know the history of both Poland and Łódź. The stories of old can be explored on four planes: historical, martyrological, cultural, and even ethnographic. The Museum of Independence Traditions is martyrological in character. It deals with gathering, storing, restoring, and displaying objects of historical value related to independence, martyrological, military, and social issues, with particular emphasis on the issues of Łódź and the region. Activities of the Museum focus upon the popularisation and commemoration of the tradition of the fight for freedom and independence of the Polish nation and state, and the martyrology related to the Second World War. Events and celebrations that have become permanent fixtures in our calendar include: the anniversary of the liquidation of the Roma camp in the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, the anniversary of the burning of Radogoszcz prisoners and the end of the German occupation of Łódź (a building being a division of the Museum), the anniversary of the murder of Polish officers in Katyn, Kharkiv and Tver, the anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the anniversary of the liquidation of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, the anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Western Europe and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, the anniversary of the deportation of Roma and Sinti to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, and the National Independence Day. All these events involve educational activities aimed at people of all ages.
There are two Divisions operating within the profile’s issues:
The Radegast Station Division
12 Pamięci Ofiar Litzmannstadt Getto Avenue
The seat of the Division is the original station building from 1941. During the Second World War, this area was included in the Litzmannstadt Ghetto established in Łódź in 1940. Initially, it served as a transhipment point for goods, foodstuffs, and materials brought for the population and departments of the ghetto, and for the goods produced by Jews. From January 1942, it was the departure place for the Jewish population taken to death and concentration camps. Today, the Station building is an element of the Annihilation Monument of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto and a place of remembrance of those tragic events. This historic building hosts educational activities, meetings, and exhibitions related to the history of the Jewish community in Łódź and the ghetto established during the Second World War.
The Roma Smithy
Łódź, 84 Wojska Polskiego Street
The Roma Smithy is a small building of the former Roma camp, a sub-camp established in the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. From November 5, 1941, nearly 5,000 Roma and Sinti from the borderlands between Austria and Hungary lived there. The camp was liquidated in January 1942, and all its inhabitants were sent to the Kulmhof death centre in Chełmno-on-Ner. The exhibition in the Roma Smithy presents the extermination of Roma during the Second World War, with particular emphasis on the history of the camp.