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An intersection then and now, in Łódź

Sometimes I try to match up old photos and current Streetview images, this is the location of the overpass that connected one side of the Łódź Ghetto with the other, similar to the more famous one in Warsaw. Especially of note is the proximity to a large church to all this inhumanity. And yes, I know another Holocaust post on the Poland forum.

Then:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Bundesarchiv_R_49_Bild-1733%2C_Polen%2C_Ghetto_Litzmannstadt%2C_Br%C3%BCcke.jpg

Now: https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7834134,19.4532312,3a,75y,33.64h,96.12t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sIm9KM5B1XSojgOI5_Rp08A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Another view then:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3a/Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-133-0703-20%2C_Polen%2C_Ghetto_Litzmannstadt%2C_Br%C3%BCcke.jpg

And now: https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7833596,19.4532486,3a,75y,340.86h,100.06t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s15Y9QRkXN8pV8OcCeIJI9w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Interesting comparison. I had to look closely to understand that the pedestrian overpass was connecting the two sides of the ghetto. A picture that speaks volumes; even without the stories of the individuals.

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Is the pedestrian bridge in the first picture to cross over Zgierska street?

Yes, the street (and the city) had German names then, but that is the name of the street now. If you back out of Streetview, the intersection is not in the center, so look here https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7836049,19.4535747,267m/data=!3m1!1e3

I think that the building with the Kantor Lombard was not there then, so the bridge was attached or adjacent to the one with the Jack Hot Casino sign.

If you've seen the film Europa, Europa there's a scene where the boy rides the streetcar repeatedly through the ghetto trying to get a glimpse of his mother, that was here in Łódź and this is one of the streetcars that ran through the ghetto.

If this map is correct, the large church was in the ghetto and converted into a factory of some sort, so maybe not a place of worship then. The overpass in the picture is the one near number 8.