Lodzer Landsmanshaften and Foundations


*The American Jewish Historical Society in Waltham, Massachusetts, houses Landsmanschaft Manuscript Collections  (look under "Lodzer" to view specific manuscripts held).

NOTE: In countries where contact information for a Lodz landsmanshaft was not found, genealogical society information is provided. Please enclose a self-addressed envelope and return postage (2 international postal reply coupons for air mail or local postage) with your mailed request.


The Organization of Former Residents of Lodz in Israel

Mr. Abraham Zelig, Secretary General
Office of Former Residents of Lodz in Israel
158 Dizengoff Street
Tel Aviv 63461

Phone: 972-(0)3-524-1833
Fax: 972-(0)3-523-8126

Published books:
Lodz - Names: List of the Ghetto Inhabitants, 1940-1944 (other titles: Lodz - shemot: reshimat toshvei ha-geto, 1940-1944; Shemot Lodz). Jerusalem: Yad Vashem and the Organization of Former Residents of Lodz in Israel: 1994

Lodz/Names. Jerusalem: the Organization of  Former Residents of Lodz in Israel, 1989.

OFRLI maintains two valuable databases:

1) A list of the 200,000 residents of the Lodz ghetto, from February 1940 to August 1944. This list was published in 1994 as Lodz - Names: List of the Ghetto Inhabitants, 1940-1944.
2) A list of the 180,000 records of the Jewish cemetery on ul. Bracka and Zmienna, from 1892 through the liquidation of the ghetto in August 1944. This list is also maintained by the Jewish Community of Lodz.


The Jewish Community of Lodz

Mr. Symcha Keller
Gmina Wyznaniowa Zydowska
ul. Pomorska 18
Lodz 90-201, Poland
Phone: 48-42-6320427
Fax: 48-42-6335156

The Jewish Community Office maintains a list of the 180,000 records of the cemetery on ul. Bracka and Zmienna, from 1892 through the liquidation of the ghetto in August 1944. This list is also maintained by OFRLI.

Monumentum Iudaicum Lodzense Foundation (Foundation in Memory of the Jews of Lodz) Established in 1995 by OFRLI and the City of Lodz
Purpose: to restore the Jewish Cemetery and other remains of Jewish culture in Lodz

Monumentum Iudaicum Lodzense Foundation
ul. Piotrkowska 104
Lodz 90-926, Poland
Phone: 48-42-384080
Fax: 48-42-384124
Mr. Arnold Mostowicz
Branch in Israel:
Mr. Zeev Faktor
OFRLI (see address above)
Branch in France:
Mr. Josele Wajsblatt


Les amis de Lodz-Katzenelson
M. Louis Friedman
Before contacting the genealogical societies below, please read the JewishGen infofiles on France.

Ms. Micheline Gutmann, President
Association for International Jewish Genealogy
76 rue de Passy
75016 Paris
Email: MichelineGutmann@compuserve.com

Cercle de Genealogie Juive
Ms. Claudie Blamont, President

United Kingdom

The Lodzer Benefit Society
6 Houndsditch E.
London, England
Lodz Synagogue, ca. 1898 London
(See Lodzers in London for further information.)
The London Metropolitan Archives Library holds source material on the Federation
Synagogues among which are the collection books of the Lodz Synagogue, ca. 1898, with members names and addresses.
(Above contributed by Aubrey Jacobus, Email: Aubrey@Jacobyte.com )

Polish Jewish Ex-servicemen's Association
12 Antrim Grove
London NW3 4XR
Chairman: L. Kurzer; Vice Chairman: L. Feit; H. Secretary: L. Kleiner- H.T.J. Tigner (Established in 1945 to aid and protect Polish-Jewish ex-Servicemen in the United Kingdom, look after the interests of Polish-Jewish refugees and perpetuate the memory of Jewish martyrs of Nazi persecution.)

Polish Jewish Refugee Fund
143 Brondesbury Pk.
London NW2 5JL
Phone: 44 181-451 3425
Chairman: W. Schindler; H. T. W. Landau; Secretary: Mrs. R. Gluckstein
(Above contributed by David Lewin, Email: davidlewin@bigfoot.com)

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
(be sure to check "The Poor Jews' Temporary Shelter Database" at this web site)
PO Box 13288
London, N3 3WD
Email:  enquiries@jgsgb.org.uk


For a complete list of Lodzer burial societies and cemeteries in the New York Metropolitan Area, search the database of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. 

  • New York

Lodzer Young Men's Benevolent Society of New York, Inc.
(Established November 2, 1902)
Mr. Sol Frydman, President
Phone: 718-261-5886
Cemeteries used by Landsmanschaft:
Mount Hebron Cemetery
13004 Horace Harding Expy.
Flushing, NY 11367
(718) 939-9405

Baron Hirsch Cemetery
1126 Richmond Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 698-0162


American Research Council to Commemorate the Jewish Community of Lodz
Contact (as of the 1980s):
1140 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 707
New York, NY 10036
Committee (as of the 1980s): David Klein, Chaim Hertz, Yechiel Ben Tzion Fishchak, Efraim Klein, Shimon Bensh, Shlome Kern, Yakov Hertz, Rabbi Yitzchak Levin, Rabbi Baruch Leizerovski, Zisha Hartzshtark, Yosef Friedenson, Rabbi Elimelech Shwartz, Lazer Hendlesh, Yedidia Lipmanowitz, Shmuel Shwartzman, Leib Shtahl, Meir Shtahl, Avraham and Meir Weisenfeld 

Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 6398
New York, NY  10128
Email:  jgsny@aol.com

  • New Jersey

Independent Lodzer Young Men's and Women's Society of Paterson (New Jersey)
Mr. Abe Peck
8-05 Sixth Street
Fair Lawn, New Jersey  07410
Phone: 201-797-5386

This organization began as the Lodzer Benevolent Association, with its establishment in the early 1900s.  In 1928, an arm of it broke away and became the Independent Lodzer Young Men's Society with a separate Ladies' Auxiliary.  About 20 years ago, the present organization was formed. Many Lodzers settled in Paterson due to a thriving textile industry there.

30th Anniversary Journal of the
Independent Lodzer Young Men Society

(Held at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, January 18, 1958)

Herb Gold scanned and provided this publication that contains names of officers, lists of other Lodz descendantsmany from families that first settled in Paterson, NJ, several photographs, In Memoriam section, and  journal  ads, which often include businesses with addresses and names. 
Click here or on journal cover to scroll through the pages of this Journal.

Associated Society of Lodz
Contact: (no contact information)

Cemetery used by Lodzer landsmanschaften:
Riverside Cemetery
12 Market St.
Saddle Brook, NJ  07663
P.O. Box 177
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Phone: 201-843-7600
(Bergen County)

  • California

The Lodzer Organization of California
Harry Eisen, President (as of 2000)

Ms. Lidia Budgor
16375 Sloan Dr.
Bel Air, CA 90049
Phone: 818-986-1268
The "1939" Club
8950 West Olympic Boulevard, #437
Beverly Hills, California 90211
Phone:  310-286-1939
Web site: http://www.1939club.com/index.html
  • Illinois

Lodzer Umgegend Verein
Chicago, Illinois
Contact: (no information)


  • Toronto

Lodzer Centre Congregation
12 Heaton St.
Downsview, Ontario
Canada M3H 4Y6
(Synagogue established in 1953 and led by survivors of the Lodz ghetto)
Phone: (416) 636-6665
Fax: (416) 636-8861
Web site: http://www.feduja.org/commserv/organize/0237.stm and
Email: michael@jewishbookoflife.com

Cemeteries used by landsmanshaft:
Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park / Woods Cemetery
10 Dewlane Dr.
North York, Ontario
Canada M2R 3G5
Phone: (416) 223-1373

Pardes Shalom / Toronto Hebrew Memorial Park
Dufferin St.
Vaughan, Ontario
Phone: (416) 635-2883

Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, Toronto Division
Mr. Henry Wellisch
P.O. Box 446, Station "A"
Willowdale, Ontario
Canada M2N 5T1
Phone: (416) 638-3280

Additional Contact:
Federation of Greater Toronto
Holocaust Remembrance Committee
4600 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M2R 3V3
Phone: (416) 635-2883


  • Montreal

Lodzer Farband of Montreal
Contact: (no information)
Cemetery used by Landsmanschaft:
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
5505 bas St. Francois
Duvernay, Quebec
Phone: (514) 661-7016


Lodzer Centre, Australia
Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre (Melbourne)
13 Selwyn St.
Elsternwick, Australia
Phone: (61) (03) 9528 1985

Additional Contact:
Mr. Abraham Cykiert

Published book:
Yiddish Lodz: A Yizkor Book. Melbourne: Lodzer Centre, 1974

Jewish Genealogy in Australia Web Site: includes Australian Jewish Genealogical Society


Association of Lodz Jews in Brazil
Mr. Michel (Mischel) A. Wojdyslawski, Chairman (as of 1994)
(address unavailable)
Holocaust Survivors Organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Aleksander H. Laks, Chairman
(as of 2000) and survivor of the Lodz ghetto
Rua Tonelero 356
1001 Rio de Janeiro
22030-000 Brazil
Phone: (21) 2554909
Email: aleksanderlaks@uol.com.br

Jewish Genealogical Society of Brazil:
Sociedade Genealogica Judaica do Brazil
Dr. Guilherme Faiguenboim
Rua Jardim Ivone 17 #23
04105-020 Sao Paolo
Phone: 574-8554
Email: faiguen@ibm.net


Tsentral Farband fun Poylishe Yidn in Argentine
Buenos Aires, Argentina
(society may be inactive)

Published Books:
Tabaksblat, Israel. Hurbn-Lodzsh, 6 yor Natsi-gehenem (Destruccion de Lodz; The Destruction of Lodz). Buenos-Ayres: Tsentral-Farband fun Poylishe Yidn in Argentine, 1946. (in Yiddish; Series: Dos Poylishe Yidntum, Bd. 5; illustrated)

Tenenbaum-Arazi, Avraham. Lodzsh un ire Yidn (Lodz and its Jews). Buenos-Ayres: Tsentral-farband fun Poylishe Yidn in Argentine, 1956. (in Yiddish; Series: Dos Poylishe Yidntum)

To locate relatives in Argentina, contact:
Ana E. Weinstein, Director
Federation of Jewish Communities in Argentina
E-mail: vhakeilot@infovia.com.ar

Jewish Genealogical Research in Argentina (JewishGen Infofile)
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Argentina (JewishGen infofile)
Paul Armony, President
Asociacion de Genealogia Judia de Argentina
Juana Azurduy 2223  piso 8
(1429) Buenos Aires
E-mail: genarg@infovia.com.ar (Genealogia Judia Argentina)

South Africa

The Chairman
Jewish Genealogical Society of Johannesburg
PO Box 1388
Parklands 2121
South Africa
Phone: +2711 4427048
Email: elion@iafrica.com
Email (Secretary): hannah@fast.co.za

The Chairman
Jewish Genealogical Society of Cape Town
Jewish Museum
84 Hatfield Street
Cape Town 8001
South Africa
Phone: +2721 451546 or 4381333
Email: jewmus@gem.co.za

Thank you to David Lewin and Michael J. Meshenberg for their contributions to this list.
Additions or corrections, e-mail: Roni Seibel Liebowitz


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