Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski
Historical Figure
Nationality: Poland (born in the Russian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1877
Date of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Beaten to death
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Businessman, Politician
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Tilting the Balance
Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski (27 February 1877 - 28 August 1944) was a Polish-Jewish industrialist and Zionist activist and functioned as the Nazi-nominated head of the Judenrat, the Jewish authorities in the Lodz Ghetto.

Rumkowski and his family were eventually deported to Auschwitz, where they died on 28 August 1944.

Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski in WorldwarEdit

When the Race defeated and expelled the Germans from Poland in 1942, Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski cooperated with their authorities in Lodz.[1] To that end, posters with Rumkowski's image were ubiquitous throughout the Lodz ghetto.[2] His signature even appeared on the currency of the Lodz ghetto, earning it the nickname "rumkies".[3] Jews in Lodz continued to tolerate his leadership despite their general disdain for him personally.[4]

Rumkowski was publically obsequious as well, going so far as to ask a passing Jew how much he'd paid for his food while riding with a Lizard named Bunim to illustrate how much better the Jews were under the Race.[5] Ironically, that Jew was Moishe Russie, who was a wanted man at the time.[6] Rumkowski and Bunim didn't realize that, and sent Russie on his way.

Rumkowski maintained his position until after the Peace of Cairo.[7]


  1. Tilting the Balance, pg. 111, PB.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid., pg. 112.
  4. Ibid., pgs. 111-114.
  5. Ibid., pg. 227-228.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Striking the Balance, pg. 460.