Łódź was the site of the second-largest Jewish ghetto established under the German occupation of Poland during World War II. In no other city was the suffering of the Jews imprisoned in the ghetto as obvious and apparent to everyone as in densely populated Łódź. This is symbolized by streetcar line 41, which ran right through the ghetto and showed thousands of townspeople the misery and hardships day by day.
Natan Grossmann (born in 1927) spent several years of his youth imprisoned in the ghetto of Łódź. He has tried to repress the memories of this time for his entire life, yet he is haunted by the unresolved circumstances of his parents' deaths and his brother's disappearance without a trace. Finally, he sets out to search for the truth in Łódź.
Jens-Jürgen Ventzki is also in Łódź to reconstruct his family history. During the Nazi regime, his father held a high position in the administration of Łódź and was a staunch Nazi throughout his life. Ventzki assumes that his father played a key role in deporting the Jews of Łódź and tries to shed light on this dark family secret.
Each of the men sees his endeavor becoming a painful confrontation with the past.
Tanja Cummings arbeitet als Produzentin, Producerin und Produktionsassistentin für verschiedene Dokumentarfilme. Sie ist Gründungsmitglied des Europäischen Vereins für Ost-West-Annäherung. „Linie 41“ ist ihr Debüt als Regisseurin eines längeren Dokumentarfilms.