Radegast Station - Independence Traditions Museum in Lodz

Radegast Station - Independence Traditions Museum in Lodz

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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,637 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
The Radegast Station during the World War II was transformed into a station used to deliver food and industrial materials to the ghetto. The station’s building standing to this day was built in 1941 and in the same year the station became the final point of trains transporting Jews from western European countries and provincial ghettos from Wartheland.
Currently the Station is under the care of the Museum of Independence Traditions and it is a must to see when you are in Lodz.
Written October 26, 2020
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WellTravelledAussie2
Sydney Australia501 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
Radegast station retains its original shape, erected in 1941 playing a vital role in the deportation of Jews from the Lodz Ghetto to the Nazi concentration camps.
The building and train carriages are part of the extermination memorial. The building is now used to host exhibitions which recount the history of the Jewish community in Lodz and the ghetto.
You enter via a long tunnel that has the names of those that were so tragically killed. The Nazis were meticulous in their book work and as you walk through this emotion filled tunnel you see how the Nazis changed from just handwriting the names and occupations to typewriting these details into long lists.
What monsters they were!
Written April 19, 2016
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Neil S
Dublin, Ireland65 contributions
Sep 2014 • Business
Just as humanity should never forget (or deny) the horror perpetrated by the Nazi regime from 1939 to 1945, the visitor to Radegast Station will never forget the experience. Lodz (pronounced “Woodge”) is Poland’s third largest city and 10 years ago began to mark the history of its Jewish ghetto. In 2004 the Park of Survival was created, where some 7,000 tablets list the names of Polish residents who helped to save Jews during World War II - and it should be remembered that not only a person found hiding Jews, but also his/her family and sometimes even their neighbours, faced a death sentence.

Also in 2004, to mark the 60th anniversary of the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Lodz, Radegast Station, previously a ruin and non-accessible, was renovated and opened to the public as a museum - and a powerful one it is, too. A steam engine and cattle trucks similar to ones used to transport ghetto residents to concentration camps are the most visual reminder of the horror (80 people in each truck, of whom up to half were already dead on arrival after days/weeks of travel without food or water) and another are large-scale Jewish headstones with the names of the concentration camps. However, the most telling are the meticulous written records kept by the Nazis of all the people transported - copies of all these are filed for inspection in the museum and displayed in the ‘five-year-long’ concrete tunnel.

When the Nazis occupied Lodz in 1939, the Jewish population numbered over 233,000, about one-third of the total. In August 1944, following Himmler’s order in May for the liquidation of the ghetto, the Jewish population was 68,000. They were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where most were gassed on arrival. Today there are 350 Jews are registered in Lodz, and there may be around 500 in total.

Radegast Station helps humanity to never forget.
Written September 8, 2014
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bocaberger
Livingston, NJ265 contributions
May 2018 • Business
To say this museum is powerful is an understatement. I could not stop crying. The imagery our tour guide created for us as we boarded the Nazi Cattle Car was horrible, and when a local train passed us, it scared my entire group beyond words.

The walk down the tunnel, looking at the names of the tens of thousands that were brought here to board trains to their deaths was terrible.

I believe that places like this need to be visited by everyone, as a reminder of the evil that can exist in the world if we let it.
Written July 1, 2018
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Carlos B
Lisbon, Portugal257 contributions
Dec 2015
This is a quiet place, and we need it´s silence to think about we are going to visit: a railway station where thousands of jews were taken to be murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau. There are no words to explain the horror...
Written December 13, 2015
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May 2016 • Friends
This is an important historical place that has been transformed into an impressive historical museum. It is well worth the visit.

Despite being the third largest city in Poland, Lodz is not on most tourist itineraries- it was and is an industrial city.

However, here, in a corner of the city, is an amazing memorial and monument to the deportation station used by the Nazis to send the Jews of Lodz to the Treblinka death camp. The original ramp is preserved, along with an original cattle car, which one can enter. There are plaques and displays, an exhibit and relics and documentation explaining the entire area and process. The museum is staffed by personnel offering explanations (in Polish) during working hours.

It's an eerie and somber place but so worth the effort to find this and visit. The sound of the whistles of trains passing on the adjacent track 10 meters away only adds to the feeling of despair and despairation that the Jewish victims must have felt during this dark period of human history.
Written June 9, 2016
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FortLauderdaleCritic
Fort Lauderdale, FL47 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
Extremely moving and powerful. Enter into a small room and then into a long hallway with original Nazi lists of those in the Lodz ghetto or transport lists, typed and handwritten. Also on display are items made by Jews in the ghetto during the war. Exit and see a 'cattle car' used to transport Jews to their deaths at the camps.
Written April 30, 2015
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Anthony F
Philadelphia, PA14 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
The train station seems surreal in it's ability to evoke emotions of anger and sadness 65 years later for the complete lack of humanity. One wonders how anyone could have endured such heartache and death. Walking on the original cobblestones was interesting. But by far, the most disturbing piece of history I have ever seen in a "museum" were the cattle cars. They have them hooked to a steam engine, quietly sitting on the tracks. No large production, no displays, no ropes to block your access. We all know what they are, and walking up to one and walking in was a life image I will never forget. In fact, I barely had the fortitude to step into the cattle car, I was travelling aline and on this sunny 70 degree day I was the only one at the facility, making it all the more powerful. A ranger is in the train station for questions and for security. Go in the station and read the plaques and stories. Well worth a visit.
Written August 29, 2014
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kayak41952
Worcester, MA225 contributions
Jul 2019
So simple and so moving. It's several miles walking from downtown, but it's a beautiful walk through the park. I love this memorial. For me, it brought home the starkness of what happened in a way that other memorials have not.
Written August 13, 2019
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Garry M
Birmingham, UK188 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Travelled to see this
Beware despite saying restoration completed by November 2018 it’s not
U can see the monument but the museum is closed

Wasted trip tbh
Written January 27, 2019
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