Pensive Sadness: The Forgotten Children’s Camp in Litzmannstadt/Łódź

  • Ewa StańczykEmail author


This chapter examines various practices of remembrance around Polen-Jugendverwahrlager, the notorious children’s camp for Christian Poles established by the Nazis on the territory of Litzmannstadt/Łódź Ghetto in 1942. While investigating state-sanctioned and local initiatives that focus predominantly on a memorial devoted to the victims, this chapter poses salient questions about the role of local actors (such as the survivors and their families, NGOs and schoolchildren) in public memory making. This chapter shows that the projects about the camp are often a platform for an expression of pensive sadness, as I call it here, as well as other emotions that challenge and reinterpret thereof.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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