Betty Kenig in Łódź

Betty Kenig in Łódź

Even though the residents of the Jewish quarter could not afford expensive leisure activities, they did enjoy a variety of low-cost or free pastimes. People made use of the few green spaces available to them. The younger generation, especially, was drawn to vaudeville performances and the movies. Other lowbrow entertainments— “freak shows,” circuses, and performances by wrestlers and strongmen—attracted large audiences.

For those who could spend money on more cultured diversions, Łódź offered many opportunities to attend concerts of Jewish music and Yiddish-language theater. In fact, it was not unusual for several different Yiddish theatrical performances to be offered at the same time on various stages.