Lublin. Former Jewish Quarter in Podzamcze. Jewish History Tour

Lublin. Former Jewish Quarter in Podzamcze. Jewish History Tour


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Lublin. Former Jewish Quarter in Podzamcze. Jewish History Tour


  • 3h 30min
  • 39 stories
  • 11.84km distance
  • 25 stops

In the 16th century Lublin was one of the most important centers in the world for the development of Jewish culture. There was a leading Hebrew printing house and a famous yeshiva, where Samuel Luria, called Maharshal, taught. The Council of Four Lands, the only Jewish parliament in the Diaspora, met here. From the end of the 18th century Yaakov Yitzchak Horowic, one of the first Hasidic tzaddiks, famous as the Seer from Lublin, lived and taught here. Here, in the very heart of Jewish Lublin, the German occupiers established a ghetto during World War II. In 1942, the residents of the district were murdered and the buildings razed to the ground. During the walk, which leads through empty spaces around the Lublin castle, we will learn the history of Szeroka Street, ‘which was really wide’, the central artery of the district, and Nadstawna Street, famous for its numerous cheders, Jateczna Street, where the most important synagogues of Lublin were located and where the outstanding Yiddish poet Jakub Glatsztejn was born, as well as Krawiecka Street, full of small wooden houses and great poverty. We will learn about the tragic fate of Lublin Jews during the Holocaust. We will also find out how the now non-existent Jewish district is still present in the urban space.

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Grodzka Gate

It is best to start exploring the Jewish history of Lublin with a visit to the Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre Centre and the exhibition Lublin. Memory of the Place, which tells the story of the Jewish Quarter that started outside the Old Town walls, just outside the Grodzka Gate, until 1942.In 1990, a group of young artists of the NN Theatre took over the Grodzka Gate building and soon realised that the medieval city gate used to be the passage between the Christian and the Jewish quarters.Tomasz Pietrasiewicz, the founder and Director of the NN Theatre, recalls:When we began working at the Grodzka Gate in the early 1990s, we knew nothing about the history of Lublin Jews. We were not aware that the enormous empty space on one side of the Gate conceals the memory of the Jewish town. We had no idea that the Gate leads to a non-existent town, the Jewish Atlantis. There is a huge car park, new roads and lawns now where houses, synagogues and streets used to be. A large part of this area, along with the foundations of the former Jewish houses, was covered with a layer of concrete. The memory of those who once lived here was hidden away. One cannot understand the history of Lublin without the empty space outside the Gate. It has become a natural setting for the artistic activity of the NN Theatre, its Mystery Plays of Memory, which uncover the memory of the past, at the same time mourning the victims of the Holocaust.Over the years, the Grodzka Gate has gradually turned into a place where, like in an Ark of Memory, we preserve old photographs, documents and testimonies for future generations. The permanent exhibition was created to look like the interior of an archive. Walking through it, one can see hundreds of photographs and listen to recreated sounds of the prewar city. At the same time, one can find information about particular streets and houses in files placed on shelves. The first part of the exhibition presents the history of Jewish life in Lublin until 1939, while its second part, an art installation, is dedicated to the memory of the exterminated Jewish community of Lublin and tells the story of the Righteous Among the Nations, i.e. those who rescued Jews.The exhibition can be seen with a guide. Individual tours are possible from Monday to Friday at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00. Groups are requested to book a tour prior to the visit at +48 81 53 258 67. It is possible to schedule a tour at another time.

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