Jens-Jürgen Ventzki

Project Results


Jens-Jürgen Ventzki 

(born 1944 in Łódź), son of the former mayor Werner Ventzki of Łódź (during the Second World War renamed to "Litzmannstadt" by the Germans). Werner Ventzki was superior of Hans Biebow, head of the German Ghetto administration ("Deutsche Ghettoverwaltung") of the Ghetto Litzmannstadt/Łódź. After the war, Werner Ventzki was never put to court for his position and deeds during the war. For a number of years now, his son, Jens-Jürgen Ventzki has faced and dealt with the history of his parents and the role his father played in Łódź/Litzmannstadt.


    In front of his place of birth in Łódź, formerly official residence of the mayor of "Litzmannstadt",  Werner Ventzki, his father. Today a children's home and a meeting place for senior citizens.



*Film excerpts (approx. 20 min/in German)

of the meeting with students, teachers, witnesses of history.

Soon to be published with Polish subtitles.

Team - Camera: Marek Iwicki. Interpreter: Julia Olesiewicz. Second camera:

Roman Blauth. Moderator: Dr. Krystyna Radziszewska + Tanja Cummings

Jens-Jürgen Ventzki from Tanja Cummings on Vimeo.


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* A transcription of the meeting session with students,

       lecturers, other witnesses to history and guests.




   in POLISH 


English version to be published in the future.


* Images from the seminar + excursions

Area of the former so called "Gypsy camp" ("Zigeunerlagers") in the area of the

Ghetto "Litzmannstadt" / Lodz





 Jens-Jürgen Ventzki and Helena Bergson greeting each other


*Links and literature:

Jens-Jürgen Ventzki, Seine Schatten, meine Bilder (Wien, Studienverlag, 2011)

See more in the section LITERATURE of our website.




*The project is funded by following organizations/ foundations: