The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Lodz Ghetto

October 25 – April 28, 2024

About the exhibition

In 1945, a diary was discovered in the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp. It was written by a 14-year-old Jewish girl named Rywka Lipszyc and documented her life in the Łódz Ghetto between October 1943 and April 1944. Rywka’s diary tells the story of a young girl who lost her siblings and parents, but never lost hope or her faith. Through historical artifacts and documents, interactive touch screens, documentary videos, and photographs, the exhibition explores the story of a young girl’s fight for survival in the Łódz Ghetto and reconstructs what might have happened to Rywka.

In the press:

Cleveland Jewish News: New exhibit at Maltz Museum shares the story of Lodz Ghetto life through 14-year-old girl
WKYC Studios: A New Exhibit at the Maltz Museum

An exhibition at the Maltz Museum in cooperation with the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow, Poland

The exhibition is locally supported by:

Benefactor Sponsors: Irving and Gloria Fine Foundation and Family, Rina Frankel: In memory of Samuel M. Frankel who survived the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz, Alan and Barbara Rosskamm Philanthropic Fund, The Schwebel Family Foundation

Patron Sponsors: Sharon Friedman: In memory of my parents, Marcel and Edith Friedman, Donald and Lynn-Ann Gries, Peggy and Michael Wager, Carolyn Cole Arnold, Hy and Heddy Holz, Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein and Barry Goloboff, Koret Foundation, Rita and Bruce Mandel: In memory of Fernanda and Josef Friedman, Susi and Peter Meisel, Oswald, The Trilling Family Charitable Gift Fund, Wolfort Family Foundation, Wuliger Family Foundation, The Bennett and Donna Yanowitz Philanthropic Fund, Dan and Ellen Zelman Family Foundation, Zipkin Whiting Law Firm

Contributing Sponsors: Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Victor J. Cohn, Lori, Donald and Marc Frankel: In memory of Samuel M. Frankel, Jodi and Jeff Gottlieb, Susan and Jerry Gottlieb, Lorin and Alan Gottlieb, Suellen and Larry Kadis, Kol Israel Foundation, Marilyn and Kenneth Oif: In memory of Samuel Frankel, z”l, who survived the Lodz Ghetto, Shul Boys Motorcycle Club, Robert and Eileen Sill Family Foundation, Neil Waxman and Family, Charles Whitehill, Darrell and Andria Young

Additional Supporters: Lydia & Michael Frankel, Penny and Bob Greenberger, Stuart and Terri Kline, David B. Orlean Philanthropic Fund, Allan and Nancy Pearl, Nathan & Fannye Shafran Philanthropic Fund, Eric and Joyce Wald, Warren and Anne Marie Wolfson

In Kind: Blackout Curtains

This project is funded in part by the Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission.


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