Brama Talks: Henio–A Story In Letters
This year Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day falls on April 8th. On this special day, we invite you to Brama Talks when our guest will be a Lubliner from Israel, Neta Żytomirska–Avidar who will share the story of her cousin, Henio Żytomirski, a boy who perished in the Shoah. Neta will be followed by Dominika Majuk who will speak about the educational activities that Brama Grodzka carries out based on Henio’s story.
Henio Żytomirski was born in Lublin in 1933. A few photos of him survive from before World War II. They show the boy on various occasions in everyday life. The last picture of a six year old Henio was taken in the center of Lublin in July 1939, just two months before he was to start elementary school. A letter from Henio’s father, Szmuel Żytomirski, to his brother Leon in Palestine, contains the last trace of Henio’s life. "Henio and I are together," wrote Henio's father from the ghetto in Majdan Tatarski. Henio was most likely murdered in Majdanek concentration and death camp .
In 1943 Neta, Leon Żytomirski’s daughter, was born in Palestine. She never met her young cousin, but thanks to family documents and pictures she has been able to reconstruct his story. After her first visit to the Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre Centre (Brama Grodzka) in Lublin, Neta put together albums containing photos and other materials documenting the fate of her cousin Henio and his family. Neta presented these albums to the Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre Centre. Thanks to this generous contribution, Henio has "returned" to Lublin, and the story of one little boy has become a symbol of the fate of Jewish citizens of Lublin who perished during the war.
During her talk, Neta Żytomirska–Avidar will share her personal reflections of the story of Henio as a part of the life and destruction of a family. She will also recount her own story of genealogical research and her visits to Lublin. She will be followed by Dominika Majuk from Brama Grodzka who will present the educational and artistic project “Letters to Henio,” a Brama Grodzka project that has been taking place since 2005.
Please register through the following link: https://tiny.pl/rkc65
Duration: 1 hour (Presentations 45 minutes; Q&A: 15 minutes)
Time: 08:00 PM Europe/Warsaw
09:00 PM Israel
02:00 PM New York
Neta Żytomirska–Avidar lives in Israel. She is the daughter of Leon Żytomirski, Henio’s uncle, who emigrated from Poland just before World War II. Neta Avidar is a graphic artist. In 2007 she came to Lublin with an exhibition of her works whose subject matter is human feelings: hidden anxieties, suffering and desires, inspired by the war experiences of her family.
Dominika Majuk is an educator in the Education and Animation Lab at the Grodzka Gate–NN Theatre Centre. Dominika is engaged in educational, oral history and biographical projects concerning the Jewish heritage of Lublin and the Lublin region, as well as Holocaust remembrance. She conducts educational workshops for students and teachers.
Please note the event will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClR2Vx4yfXNxAp1cOCu4_SQ