November 9, 1939
People arrested as part of an operation against the Łódź intelligentsia are placed in the former Michał Glazer’s factory in Radogoszcz (today’s 17 Liściasta Street). Many of the detained, after provisional trials, are sentenced to death and murdered in mass executions in the forests near Łódź.
Prisoners are transferred from the former Michał Glazer’s factory to Samuel Abbe’s factor. The Radogoszcz prison (Polizeigefängnis Radogosch) is created. Its warden in SS-Obersturmführer Robert Ehlers. At the time, the staff mostly consists of SS members.
A large-scale operation against the Polish intelligentsia and youth is carried out in Łódź and the region.
At the time, most of the arrested from Radogoszcz are deported to the Dachau camp.
July 1, 1940
The Radogoszcz prison comes under the Police Praesidium in Łódź. Police lieutenant Walter Pelzhausen becomes the new warden. From now on, the prison staff includes local Volksdeutsche, and the prison becomes transitional.
August / September 1940
The Radogoszcz prison is altered: the fence is made higher and barbed-wire entanglements are added; four guard towers are built; the building “under the glass roof” is converted into a prison building, which involves dismantling the remaining textile machines.
September 1, 1940
Alfreda Rytel née Siewierska gets sworn as a member of the Union of Armed Struggle by the Commander of the Łódź-North Quarter of the Union of Armed Struggle/Home Army Wacław Górecki, pseudonym Wacek. From her home adjacent to the walls of the Radogoszcz prison, she and her sister conduct observations, and then share them with the underground organisation. She also delivers kites thrown over the prison wall by prisoners to their families.
April 1, 1942
As a punishment for stealing two loaves of bread, warden Walter Pelzhausen executes nine prisoners, even though only two of them were proven guilty. This is the largest execution in the Radogoszcz prison before its liquidation in January 1945.
Members of the Polish Socialist Party, arrested on November 11, 1941, are brought to Radogoszcz.
August / September 1942
A football player of RTS Widzew Longin Mielczarek is murdered in prison.
August / October 1942
As a result of a massive operation against the Łęczyca Division of the Home Army, many of its members are brought to the Radogoszcz prison, including a lawyer and author of Radogoszcz memoirs Władysław Zarachowicz.
January / February 1943
The prison faces a six-week epidemic of typhus fever. The facility is put into a quarantine: there are no incoming transports and the entire staff have to stay in prison.
Prisoners are classified into cells according to the crime committed:
3rd floor – political prisoners,
2nd floor – criminal prisoners,
1st floor – prisoners of German descent.
January 17/18, 1945
The Radogoszcz staff liquidate the facility. Approximately 1,000 prisoners die in mass shootings and as a result of setting the building on fire. Only thirty-one people survive the massacre.