Ode Shaded by Fire - a book written during the years of horror in the Lodz ghetto - Av 1939.
There are not many items that take a beating from the heart like this item, a Jewish inscription as the religion of Moses and Israel that was written and signed inside the Lodz ghetto in the first year of its establishment by the Nazis.
In front of us is a sheet of paper with a handwritten inscription with the accepted text of the ketubah and the names of the groom and the bride.
The date that appears in the inscription is "In the year five thousand seven hundred of the creation of the world for the number that we count here in Lodz...
From the second page of the page appear several lines in the handwriting of one of the rabbis of Lodz who arranged the Kiddushin: "It is true that it can be written that... "Abraham Moshe...
The perusal of the ketubah before us brings up a similar situation described by sages about the lives of our ancestors who, despite the hardship and slavery, did not refrain from working for the continuation of the generations in the vineyard of Israel.
This kind of document has never been seen in auctions, and as we know - few of its kind are found nowadays', since marriage ceremonies were indeed sometimes held in the ghettos, but their records, like the participants in them, went up in the storm of heaven during those terrible years of rage.
Lodz Ghetto: In the 18th of 2016, the Germans ordered a collection point for the Jews in order to facilitate their organization for deportation, and months later, the Jewish residences were limited to a few streets in the area of the old city of Lodz. In the following months, barbed wire and wooden fences were erected around the area to cut it off from the rest of the city, thus one of the most well-known characteristics of the Holocaust tragedy began to exist in practice: the "Lodz Ghetto".
At this point, the ghetto population numbered about one hundred and sixty thousand Jews who "settled" in an area of four and a half square kilometers, of which only 2.5 square kilometers were built (!)
The Nazis activated police units that oversaw the separation of the Jews of the ghetto from the rest of the population, and the Jewish police - Judenrat was established that operated inside the ghetto to ensure that no Jew escaped.
The head of the Judenrat was Haim Mordechai Rumkowski, who is still considered a controversial figure in the history of the Holocaust. He received enormous powers from the Nazis to oversee discipline and order in the ghetto. His perception was that as long as the Germans saw the ghetto as a productive source - they would not harm it. As a result, he forced the Jews to work 12 hours a day in order to provide the Germans with clothes and other products.
The Lodz ghetto is considered relatively organized compared to the other ghettos, and provided community services such as education and culture and health services to its residents, however over time the situation worsened when a real famine prevailed in the ghetto and caused the death of eighteen thousand (!) people in 1942.
In 1941, the deportations from the ghetto began, tens of thousands of people, women and children, were taken to a cruel and monstrous extermination in the Halmano extermination camp.
In the summer of 1954, the Germans decided on the final liquidation of the ghetto, thousands of those remaining were sent to the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. Of the two hundred and four thousand Jews who passed through the Lodz ghetto during the war years, only about ten thousand remained for evacuation...
Specifications:  sheet of paper, 22.5 / 36 cm.
Condition: very good, small tears and slight edge wear without damage to the text, fold marks.