Lodz Ghetto Hospital Illness Records

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This database provides another picture of the Lodz Ghetto.  As we do not want to repeat what is available at these other sites, we are providing citations for the other JewishGen sites which should be consulted for extended background on the Ghetto:

The introduction to the Lodz Hospital Ghetto records database is also an appropriate introduction to this database.  For an extensive introduction to the Lodz Ghetto itself, see http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Lodz/holocaust.htm and http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Poland/LodzGhetto.html.


This database was prepared from two sets of typed lists:

  1. covers the period of August 1940 - September 7, 1940.
  2. covers the period of September 9, 1940 - December 28, 1940.

These lists, prepared by the Statistical Office, are illness reports of persons in Lodz with a contagious disease.  These are not death lists and they do not provide information on whether the individuals recovered or died of the illness.

For some, not all weeks, there is a comments column indicating the ethnicity of the sick -- Polish, German, Jewish, for example.  For each week, the records seem to be organized by type of illness.  It is not clear from these lists whether all the sick persons were ghetto residents or whether persons inside and outside the ghetto were recorded.  We think the latter is more probable.

Similar lists exist for 1941 and will be indexed if volunteers become available to photocopy the material at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).  The 1941 lists are on USHMM #RG 05.008 U Reel #8 and #9.

The database is comprised of two different series of reports issued by the Statistical Office in the Lodz Ghetto.  Reports were issued on a daily and weekly basis. Individuals may or may not have been reported on both of the reports covering the same period.  There are 5,637 records in this database.

The information presented in the daily and weekly reports are not exactly the same.  The fields for this database combine the available data for both reports.  The following table shows what data was available from each report:

Data Field Daily Weekly
Report Type X X
Report Date X X
Report Page Number X X
Disease X X
In / Out of the Ghetto   X
Line Number X X
Surname X X
Given Name X X
Age X X
Address X X
Date Diagnosed X X
Date of Death X
Classification XX

The following are the report dates from which this database has been created:

Month Daily Report Dates Weekly Report Dates
August 1940 1-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24, 26-31 4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September 1940 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28, 30 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-Oct 5
October 1940 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26, 28-31 6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-Nov 2
November 1940 1-2, 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-30 3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
December 1940 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-24, 27-28 1-7, 8-14, 14-21, 22-28

The following tables show translations of terms within the database:

Bangscher Krankheit ? Illness
Botulismus Botulism
Diphtherie Diphtheria
Ep. Gehirnentzündung ? Encephilitis
Fleckfieber Epidemic typhus
Gehirnentzündung Encephilitis
Genickstarre Stiff neck
Keuchhusten Whooping cough
Kindbettfieber Childbed fever
Kinderlähmung Infantile paralysis
Malaria Malaria
Paratyphus Paratyphus
Pocken Smallpox
Ruhr Dysentery
Scharlach Scarlet fever
Spinale Kinderlähmung Polio
Trachom Trachoma
Verdächtige Säugetierbisse Suspected ?

Todesfälle / TodesfallDied

In / Out of Ghetto
Ausserhalb des GettosOutside of the Ghettos
Im GettoIn Ghetto


The information contained in this database was indexed from the files of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM #RG 05.008 U Reel #8).  This information is accessible to you today thanks to the effort of the following JewishGen volunteers who are responsible for the transcription of this file: Nolan Altman (coordinator) and Kurt Friedlaender.  Thanks also to Edward Mitelsbach for translation assistance.

In addition, thanks to JewishGen Inc. for providing the website and database expertise to make this database accessible.  Special thanks to Susan King, Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias for their continued contributions to Jewish genealogy.  Particular thanks to the Research Division headed by Joyce Field and to Nolan Altman, coordinator of Holocaust files.

Nolan Altman
October 2004

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