Foundation Momentum Iudaicum Lodzense
The Foundation Momentum Iudaicum Lodzense was established on the 6th of November 1995. Its initiators were the President of the City of Lodz, the Organization of Former Residents of Lodz in Israel and the World Jewish Restitution Organization. The late Arnold Mostowicz, doctor of medicine, prose writer and journalist, became the first president of the Foundation.
The main goals of the Foundation are the saving and preservation of the properties and achievements of Jewish culture and re-establishing and keeping the memory of the Jewish population in Lodz and her significant contribution to the development of the city. These tasks are realized through, among others, caring for Jewish monuments and heritage and supporting cultural-educational initiatives, which serve to recognize and popularize the history of the Jews of Lodz.
Through the years many persons representing polish and foreign circles of science, culture and art gathered around the Foundation. They became active involved in the realization of the program of the Foundation.
The Foundation Momentum Iudaicum Lodzense also established co-operation with several organizations in Poland and abroad. Among the, YIVO Institute in New York, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, United States Holocaust Memorial Institute in Washington and Jewish History Institute in Warsaw.
The Foundation Momentum Iudaicum Lodzense takes up different activities to save and preserve the heritage of the Jewish culture and to re-establish and keep alive the memory of the Jewish population in Lodz.
From the beginning, special care was given to the Jewish Cemetery at the Bracka Street in Lodz - the biggest Jewish Cemetery in Europe.
The Foundation finances the cleaning works of the cemetery, which includes cleaning the blocks from the overgrowing vegetation and restoration of the specific objects of exceptional historical and artistic value. The Foundation also initiates and finances research and popularize the projects connected to the Jewish Cemetery in Lodz.
The Foundation Monumentum Iudaicum Lodzense is also involved in saving the memory of the Jewish Ghetto in Lodz. It also takes an active part in the preparation of the 60th Anniversary of the Liquidation of the Ghetto Lodz, which will take place in August 2004. Among the projects connected to the commemoration of this event, the restoration of the Radegast Station, the railway station of the Ghetto, takes an important place, as the Remembrance Place and a Scientific-Educational Center.
The Foundation contributed to the establishing of the Study room in memory of Professor Jan Karski, a remarkable resident of Lodz, courier and emissary, who during the Nazi occupation carried several times to France and Great Britain reports of Polish Underground for the Polish Exile Government and alarmed Jewish organization in the USA about the extermination of Jews taking place in the occupied Poland.
Among the initiatives taken up by the Foundation the support of the publishing houses, which popularize the history of the Jewish population in Lodz takes an essential role. Among them we can find such titles as The Poles, the Germans, the Jews in Lodz by Prof. Dr. Pawel Samus and Lodzer Ghetto, Vademecum by Julian Baranowski, a compendium of knowledge about the Holocaust tragedy.
Besides its own initiatives the Foundation Monumentum Iudaicum Lodzense supports the initiatives of the third persons. Among others the Foundation helped many people who wanted to place a memory plaque on the Jewish Cemetery wall at Bracka Street in arranging all formalities.
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