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.


Read about us

History of "Grodzka Gate - Theatre NN" Centre

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

Others about us (PL/ENG): TEXTS, FILMS

Building of Grodzka Gate

Mysteries of Memory

Mystery of Memory "Salvaged Stories"

"Lublin. Memory of the Place" Exhibition - Description

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

„The Primer. Children in Majdanek Camp” Exhibition

The Oral History Programme

The Gate. Education and Animation Lab


Our projects

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"

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

BRAMA. Polish-Jewish youth meetings

The Gate of Memory - Lublin Jews

Yeshiva (Rabbinical Academy

The well at the bus station

Architecture of the former Jewish district in Lublin


Lublin Jewish Organisation in Israel

Joseph Dakar (Józef Zakrojczyk)

"Kol Lublin" - the annual magazine of Lubliners in Israel

Following the Traces of Lublin Jews

"Saved from oblivion – Krysytna Modrzewska"

See virtual 3D model of pre-war Lublin


Historical information about 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


Nimrod AriavAdina CimetJózef Czechowicz, Edward Hartwig, Anna Langfus, Józef Łobodowski, Władysław Panas, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Krystyna Modrzewska


The Old Town Market Square in Lublin, Kowalska Street, Parish church of St. Michael in Lublin (nonextant), Krakowskie Przedmieście - history of the street,

Wieniawa, The well at the bus station, YeshivaMaharshal synagogue (defunct)Chewra Nosim SynagogueFormer Jewish HospitalSynagogue in Wieniawa district (defunct).


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



Photos documenting life in the Lublin GhettoCollection of glass plate negatives from the house at Rynek 4


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

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