“Without memory, there is no culture.
Without memory, there would be no civilization,

no society, no future.”
Elie Wiesel


A ceremonial virtual reconstruction of the Great Synagogue

18 April 2019, at 10:00 p.m. –  Plac Bankowy Warsaw.

The Open Republic Association commemorate the 76 th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising with a public multimedia event created by artist Gabi von Seltmann.

This ceremony is a virtual reconstruction of the Great Synagogue, demolished by the Germans after the Ghetto Uprising, using historical images, sounds and emotions. Archival recordings of the cantor of the Great Synagogue, Gerszon Sirota, who died in the Warsaw ghetto, and fragments of the poem Bashert, read by its author, Irena Klepfisz, daughter of Michał, a soldier of the Jewish Combat Organisation, is played during the ceremony.
The main idea of the second edition of this art project is to recall the history of the place and the inhabitants of the city.

“May remembrance and love overcome destruction and death.”

The Jewish Historical Institute Association in Poland
The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw

Andrzej and Malgorzata Rojek
Irene Kronhill Pletka and the Kronhill Pletka Foundation

Museum of History of Polish Jews POLIN
The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
The Jewish Community of Warsaw
JCC Warsaw


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