The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Lodz Ghetto
– September 24, 2023
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077
In 1945, a Soviet doctor found a school notebook in the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp. It was a diary, written by a Jewish girl named Rywka Lipszyc, in the Lodz Ghetto between October 1943 and April 1944. Rwyka’s diary is a moving memoir of life and adolescence in the Lodz Ghetto and paints a moving portrait of a girl who never lost hope, despite losing her siblings and parents. More than 60 years after its discovery, the diary traveled to the United States, where it was translated and published as a book. That book is the inspiration behind this exhibition, The Girl in the Diary, which displays excerpts of Rywka Lipszyc’s diary alongside expert commentary from historians, doctors, psychologists, and rabbis. The exhibition also features several artifacts from museums in Poland, the United States, Israel, Germany, and Belgium, including historical objects from the Lodz Ghetto and Chelmno (Kulmhof) Death Camp.