The rapid development of Łódź in the second half of the 19th century was brought about by the rise of enormous industrialist fortunes.

New inhabitants, craftsmen and merchants came to Łódź; markets and town fairs came to life.

However, for an issue as important as this one, we need a lot more signatures if our petition is to have any real impact.

Our plan is to issue a press release drawing attention to this issue when we have 100,000 signatures.

Although the city was not destroyed in the aftermath, the material losses were serious as the machinery, raw materials and finished goods have been taken away by the fleeing Nazis.

The day before the liberation, about 80,000 Germans left Łódź in panic.

Ever since the industrial revolution bringing a massive influx of workforce, Łódź has been a city almost equally divided between four cultures - Polish, Jewish, German and Russian.

The day before the outbreak of World War II, Łódź was inhabited by approximately 672,000 people, among whom 35% were of Jewish faith and some 15% were ethnic German.

And perception is at least as important, at this stage, as events "on the ground".

Recognition of Palestine by Google may even turn out to be as important as recognition by organizations like the U. What you may not be aware of is that Palestine - or at least the "Palestinian Territories" - were previously designated in Google Maps, but all mention of Palestine was removed at the insistence of the Israeli government, which claimed that by including Palestine in its maps, Google was interfering with the "peace process" by pre-empting the outcome of any two-state solution that might be reached.

The city, dubbed the Polish Manchester, has been famous for its textile industry, flourishing especially during the fin de siècle.