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.

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The "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.

 

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

 

"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

 

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"

The Gate of Memory - Lublin Jews

Following the Traces of Lublin Jews

"Saved from oblivion" – Krysytna Modrzewska

 

HISTORY:

Lublin 1317-1474, Lublin 1570–1649, Lublin 1570–1649, The Crown Tribunal 1578 - 1649, The Council of Four Lands 1580 – 1764, The Miracle of the Holy Cross Wood Relics in 1649, Multicultural 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

 

PEOPLE:

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

 

PLACES:

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,

Yeshiva, Maharshal synagogue (defunct),

Chewra Nosim Synagogue, Former 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)

 

Historical information about the Lublin region

TOWNS OF THE LUBLIN REGION:

Towns of the Lublin Region – a cultural phenomenon, Towns of the Lublin Region – transformations of landscape

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

  

See a virtual 3D model of the pre-war shtetl in Józefów Biłgorajski