Lodz Kripo

In an ecclesiastical building just outside the ghetto in Lodz was established in 1941 something called the Kriminal Commissariat Getto. Here the German Criminal Police (KRIPO) was located, whose main task was to combat smuggling to and from the ghetto. Kripo arrested people suspected of smuggling and brought them to the house for questioning. Not infrequently there was torture, abuse and murder. Among the inhabitants of the ghetto, the building was called the red house because of its red brick.

Current status: Preserved with memorial tablet (2017).

Address: Koscielna 8, 91-001 Lodz.

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The smuggling was a necessity for the inhabitants of the ghetto. It meant that essential supplies could arrive at those in need. The German side was fully aware of the smuggling and they did what they could to prevent and even prevent smuggling. One way was to publicise trafficked smugglers and execute them in order to deter others. But this probably did neither to nor from, the conditions in the ghetto were of such a nature that the risks of smuggling were worth taking. It was just a matter of outwitting the Germans and paying attention to informers.

Follow up in books: Höhne, Heinz: The Order of the Death’s Head: The story of Hitler’s SS (1969).