The "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Centre

Grodzka Gate in LublinThe "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. In its activities, the Centre draws on the symbolic and historical significance of its residence, the Grodzka Gate, also known as the Jewish Gate. The Gate used to be a passage from the Christian to the Jewish part of the city, a meeting place of various cultures, traditions and religions. Read more about history of Grodzka Gate.


In 1939 Lublin had nearly 120 thousand citizens, including about 45 thousand Jews. During the Second World War, the Nazis murdered the Jewish inhabitants of Lublin and destroyed the Jewish district. Majdanek, the German Nazi concentration camp located at the outskirts of Lublin, became a grim symbol of that period. Read more about Lublin Jews.


When we began our activities at the Grodzka Gate in the early 1990s, we knew nothing about the history of Jews in Lublin. We were not aware that the enormous empty space on one side of the Gate conceals the Memory of the Jewish Quarter. We did not realize that the Gate leads to the non-existent town, the Jewish Atlantis. There is a huge parking area, lawns and new roads where there used to be houses, synagogues and streets. A large part of this area, including the foundations of the former Jewish houses, was buried under a concrete cover, and the memory of those who lived here was hidden as well. You cannot  understand Lublin’s history without these empty spaces near the Gate. For the NN Theatre, they have become a natural setting for artistic actions, Mysteries of Memory, which uncover the memory of the past while mourning the victims of the Holocaust.



Grodzka Gate about us


History of "Grodzka Gate - Theatre NN" Centre

Subjective history of the "Grodzka Gate - Theatre NN" Centre by Tomasz Pietrasiewicz

Building of Grodzka Gate

Others about us (PL/ENG): Texts, Films


The Oral History Programme

The Gate. Education and Animation Lab


Exhibitions and collections

"Lublin. Memory of the Place" Exhibiton - information about sightseeing

"Lublin. Memory of the Place" Exhibition - Description

"The Primer. Children in Majdanek Camp" Exhibition


Photos documenting life in the Lublin Ghetto,

Collection of glass plate negatives from the house at Rynek 4


NN Theatre

Mysteries of Memory

Mystery of Memory "Salvaged Stories"



Henio Żytomirski - a Story of one Life

Festival "Following Isaac Bashevis Singer's traces"

"Following Singer's stories. A Literary Guidebook to the Lublin Region"

BRAMA. Polish-Jewish youth meetings

The Gate of Memory - Lublin Jews

Following the Traces of Lublin Jews

"Saved from oblivion" – Krysytna Modrzewska


History of Lublin


Lublin 1317-1474Lublin 1570–1649 Lublin 1570–1649, The Crown Tribunal 1578 - 1649The Council of Four Lands 1580 – 1764, The Miracle of the Holy Cross Wood Relics in 1649Multicultural Lublin, „Operation Reinhard” in Lublin – The Liquidation of Ghetto, Independent Publishing Movement 1977-1989 Lublin 1980 July Strikes, The Martial Law in Lublin 1981 - 1983,

Lublin Jewish Organisation in Israel, "Kol Lublin" - the annual magazine of Lubliners in Israel



Adina Cimet
Józef Czechowicz
Joseph Dakar (Józef Zakrojczyk)
Edward Hartwig
Julia Hartwig
Stefan Kiełsznia
Robert Kuwałek
Anna Langfus
Józef Łobodowski
Krystyna Modrzewska
Ariav Nimrod
Władysław Panas
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Yaakov Yitzhak haLevi Horowitz-Sternfeld - The Seer of Lublin




The Old Town Market Square, Cracow Gate,

Lublin Castle, Holy Trinity Chapel, Frescos in the Holy Trinity chapel, Tower at the Lublin Castle,

Basilica of St. Stanislaus and Dominican monastery, Chapels at the basilica of St. Stanislaus,

Royal Tribunal (former town hall),

Parish church of St. Michael (nonextant), Po Farze Square,

Krakowskie Przedmieście - history of the street, Litewski Square,

Saxon Garden, Railway station

Kowalska Street,


Jewish Lublin

Architecture of the former Jewish district in Lublin,

YeshivaMaharshal synagogue (defunct),

Chewra Nosim SynagogueFormer Jewish Hospital,

Old Jewish cemetery in Lublin, New Jewish cemetery in Lublin,

The well at the bus station, Zamkowy Square in Lublin

Synagogue in Wieniawa district (defunct), , Wieniawa,

Memorial to the Extermination of Jewish Population (Memorial to the Victims of the Ghetto)


Lublin Guides


See virtual 3D model of pre-war Lublin

Project Lublin 2.0 – an interactive reconstruction of the city’s history

Following the Traces of Lublin Jews
Guidebook to Lublin - “From the Union of Lublin to the European Union” (educational path)
Guidebook to Lublin - the Union of Lublin route


Historical information about Lublin region


Towns of the Lublin Region – a cultural phenomenonTowns of the Lublin Region – transformations of landscape

Shtetls: Bełżyce, Biłgoraj, Bychawa, Frampol, Goraj, Janów Lubelski, Józefów Biłgorajski, Tomaszów Lubelski, Turobin, Tyszowce, Szczebrzeszyn.


See virtual 3D model od pre-war shtetl - Józefów Biłgorajski


More information in Polish

Multimedia Library - more than 27 000 books, photos and oral histories

Lexicon Lublin - 2400 texts about Lublin and Lublin region

Guides Lublin 2.0 - multimedia guides

Visit the Centre "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre"


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