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2019 | 12, Historia publiczna | 63-74

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Miejsce – Obecność – Pamięć. Praca z pamięcią o żydowskim Lublinie na przykładzie wybranych działań Ośrodka „Brama Grodzka- Teatr NN”


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Place – Presence – Memory. Work with the memory of Jewish Lublin on the example of selected activities of the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theater” Center

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The "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Centre is a cultural institution based in Lublin. The projects implemented by the Centre draw upon the symbolic and historical meaning of its location: the Grodzka Gate, also known as the Jewish gate. In the past, the gate was a meeting place and a crossing point between the Christian and Jewish parts of the city. In 1939 Lublin had almost 120000 inhabitants, of whom approximately 43000 wereJewish. During World War II, the Jewish citizens were murdered by the Nazis, and the Jewish quarter was destroyed. Changes brought forth by the fall of communism in the year 1989 commenced the process of a collective restoration of memory by the Polish nation. Lublin was one of the cities that had to confront a past forgotten throughout the years. The founders of the "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Centre, at the beginning of their work in the early 1990s, discovered that the vast empty space on one side of the Grodzka Gate contained memories of the Jewish part of the city and that without an understanding of these spaces neither could the history of Lublin be understood. For the Centre, itself a place of memory, the Grodzka Gate and the destroyed Jewish quarter have become a natural starting point for activities in the area of record-keeping, education and art.


  • Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej


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