The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. It works towards the preservation of cultural heritage and education. Its function is tied to the symbolic and historical meaning of the Centre’s location in the Grodzka Gate, which used to divide Lublin into its respective Christian and Jewish quarters, as well as to Lublin as a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.

Part of the Centre are the House of Words and the Lublin Underground Trail.

The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is a local government cultural institution based in Lublin. It works towards the preservation of cultural heritage and education. Its function is tied to the symbolic and historical meaning of the Centre’s location in the Grodzka Gate, which used to divide Lublin into its respective Christian and Jewish quarters, as well as to Lublin as a meeting place of cultures, traditions and religions.

Part of the Centre are the House of Words and the Lublin Underground Trail.

Lecturers

ROBERT KUWAŁEK
Graduated from the Catholic University of Lublin with a particular interest in Jewish topics. In 2002 he received a scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation to conduct research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the National Archives in College Park. Before returning to the State Museum of Majdanek, he served as director of the Belzec Memorial Museum. He is the author or coauthor of numerous scholarly works on the Jewish community of Lublin and the Holocaust.

ROBERT SZUCHTA
He is an historian teacher at the LXIV Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. St. I. Witkiewicza High School in Warsaw. He has examined history textbooks on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Education and co-authored the first Polish school textbook for teaching about the Holocaust (Holokaust - zrozumieć dlaczego, 2003). He has written numerous articles on education, the Holocaust, and Jewish history and culture.

ŁUKASZ MYSZALA
Born in Lublin, history graduate at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, employed in the State Museum at Majdanek since 2007. Working in the Visitor Service Centre, responsibile for general visitor service, film groups in the museum, guided tours in English, training of guides. Language skills confirmed with CAE (Cambridge English Advanced) certificate.

JOLANTA LASKOWSKA
Librarianship graduate at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin; member of Educational Department at the State Museum at Majdanek, focused on working with Polish and English speaking groups, interested in working with the students with special needs; responsible for educational materials and activities; responsible also for museum‘s library.

EWA KOPER
History graduated and postgraduate study Totalitarianism, Nazism and the Holocaust. Since 2008 is working at the Belzec Memorial Museum and is responsibility for education, temporary exhibitions and researching documents connected with the Belzec Dead Camp and Jewish communities deported to the camp.

MARCIN FEDOROWICZ
Coordinator of the "Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre" Centre's Department of Iconography. He studied archaeology at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and has worked at Grodzka Gate since 2005. He specializes in photographs of Lublin before 1939, especially pictures of the former Jewish district and identifying places in old photographs.

 

Polish teachers cooperating with the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre

Urszula Miaskowska (8 LO im. Zofii Nałkowskiej in Lublin)
An English teacher. Participant in a training seminar for educators in Yad Vashem and in Memorial de la Shoah. In school she is in charge of the Polish-Israeli Youth Meetings programme ,leads workshops for Polish-Israeli groups and is in charage over the annual ceremonies in Majdanek.

Ewelina Pelak (Gimnazjum in Kalinówka)
A German teacher. She took part in a training seminar for educators at Yad Vashem and in trainings in the State museum at Majdanek. Manager of workshops for youth, organized in the State museum at Majdanek. As a teacher, she is in charge of Polish-German exchange programme. The school she works in implemented a project related to the Righteous among the Nations, in the framework of which young people recorded relations of the history witnesses. This school applied also for receiving the name of the Righteous among the Nations.

Iryna Voytovych (Szkoła Podstawowa im. B. Chrobrego in Lublin)
An English teacher. Participant in a training seminar for educators at Yad Vashem and in a training course for Holocaust teachers in New York. As a teacher she develops an authorial, original education programme - “Let’s Remember” - about Holocaust, intended for younger children. For many years she worked as a teacher in Józefów Biłgorajski, where she was involved in education concerning the cultural heritage of local Jewish community.

Beata Szczerbińska-Budzyńska (II LO im. Hetmana Zamoyskiego in Lublin)
A cultural knowledge teacher. She participated in a training seminar at Yad Vashem. She is responsible for a Polish-Israeli exchange programme in her school. She created a workshop plan, put into practice during art lessons in school. She is also an author of choreography for some performances of artistic and theatrical character in the city space, based on pre-war photographs of Polish-Jewish Lublin by Stefan Kiełsznia.