A reading of a diary from the Łódź Ghetto, written by Rywka Lipszyc

April is commemorated all over the world as Genocide Awareness Month. The Galicia Jewish Museum is honoured to participate in #TogetherWeRemember, a 24-hour vigil in which almost 50 organisations from all over the world will participate, and which will remind us of the victims of genocide.

The Galicia Jewish Museum, together with Jewish Museum Milwaukee, have organised a reading of a diary from the Łódź Ghetto, written by Rywka Lipszyc. This diary, as well as its author, were central themes of our temporary exhibition, “The Girl in the Diary. Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto”, which is currently presented in Milwaukee.

The diary, written in the Łódź Ghetto by Rywka Lipszyc, a teenage girl, between October 1943 and April 1944, was discovered by a Soviet doctor in 1945 in the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. It is a testimony of a Jewish girl who lost her siblings and parents, but, despite her doubt, she did not lose hope. Over 60 years since the discovery, the diary made its way to the United States, where it was translated from Polish, completed with historical comments, and published as a book. It was published in Polish in 2017.

Today, we want to recall Rywka’s testimony. To read and record excerpts from the diary, we invited Rywka’s family members living in Israel, scholars who edited her diary, co-creators of the exhibition devoted to Rywka, employees of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, as well as our co-workers and friends living in various parts of the world, from the United States to Mongolia.