Ośrodek „Brama Grodzka - Teatr NN” w Lublinie jest samorządową instytucją kultury działającą na rzecz ochrony dziedzictwa kulturowego i edukacji. Jej działania nawiązują do symbolicznego i historycznego znaczenia siedziby Ośrodka - Bramy Grodzkiej, dawniej będącej przejściem pomiędzy miastem chrześcijańskim i żydowskim, jak również do położenia Lublina w miejscu spotkania kultur, tradycji i religii.

Częścią Ośrodka są Dom Słów oraz Lubelska Trasa Podziemna.

Ośrodek „Brama Grodzka - Teatr NN” w Lublinie jest samorządową instytucją kultury działającą na rzecz ochrony dziedzictwa kulturowego i edukacji. Jej działania nawiązują do symbolicznego i historycznego znaczenia siedziby Ośrodka - Bramy Grodzkiej, dawniej będącej przejściem pomiędzy miastem chrześcijańskim i żydowskim, jak również do położenia Lublina w miejscu spotkania kultur, tradycji i religii.

Częścią Ośrodka są Dom Słów oraz Lubelska Trasa Podziemna.

Brama Grodzka Director Tomasz Pietrasiewicz on the Commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of Operation Reinhard

In 2022 the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre is planning a series of activities (artistic, educational and academic) designed to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of “Operation Reinhard”. Particular significance will be given to the Mystery of Memory: Following the Traces of “Operation Reinhard”. Grieving. The organization of the Mystery will be the most important event in the history of the Grodzka Gate Centre which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. We have had to come a long way in order to arrive at this point…

At the beginning of the 1990s the Grodzka Gate – being the seat of the NN Theatre – has entered the path to becoming a symbolic “Ark of Memory”, salvaging the dying memory of the Jewish Town. By means of searching for and preserving everything that managed to survive – photographs, recollections, objects – we salvaged the memory of the Jewish people who had once lived here.

The creators of this “Ark” are the children of the generation born on the smouldering cinders left by the ravages of World War II. We grew up next to the people who came out of the flames of war scarred but alive. For a very long time we were unaware that the wartime wasteland was hiding the ashes of the murdered and the burnt, or that surviving witnesses to the Holocaust were still alive. Indeed, those were the last moments we had to record their stories on time. And that was exactly what we set out to do.

The generations that follow will come to know only us – the people who were given the chance to meet and talk to the Holocaust survivors. We have become the last link between them and the ones who will find out about what happened here only from books, films, or the Internet.

It is for this reason that we are particularly burdened with the responsibility for passing on the memory of the Holocaust victims to the future generation. We have concluded that our message will be encapsulated in the idea of creating the Museum of the Holocaust of Polish Jews here in Lublin, its symbolic foundation stone being the Mystery: Following the Traces of “Operation Reinhard”. Grieving.

Tomasz Pietrasiewicz