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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Lublin. Memory of the Place Exhibition

Lublin. Memory of the Place

The exhibition “Lublin. Memory of the Place”, which is situated the “Grodzka Gate -Theatre NN” Centre, is dedicated to Lublin before the war. In the place that used to be full of houses, synagogues and streets, now is an enormous parking lot, new houses and a busy street. A considerable part of this area has been covered with concrete, under which the foundations of Jewish buildings and the memory of those who once lived there are buried. During the years, the Gate has become a place, where – like in an Ark of Memory – old photographs, documents and testimonies can be preserved for posterity. All these materials are presented at the exhibition "Lublin. Memory of the Place" situated in the Gate.

Going through the exhibition, we watch hundreds of photographs, we listen to the collage-reconstruction of sounds of the town and, at the same time, we can read information about specific houses and streets from files on shelves. After going through the part of exhibition dedicated to everyday life of Jewish quarter before the war, we reach the place in which the tale of Holocaust starts.

 

 

Memory of the Righteous - Memory of Light

The “Memory of the Righteous – Memory of  Light” exhibition is situated in the “Grodzka Gate-NN Theatre” Centre. After visiting the exhibition “The Memory of the Place”devoted to pre-war everyday life of the Lublin Jewish quarter, one gets to a point where the story of its Extermination begins. The symbolic gap between these two different exhibition spaces is a wooden doorframe with an empty Mezuzah space. To the world of Holocaust we are introduced by little Jewish boy - Henio Żytomirski. In the darkness we find the names of the last Jews of Lublin and their faces, still visible on colour pictures, taken by a German soldier in 1941.  A poem of Jacob Glatstein, written in Yiddish and dedicated to murdered Jews of Lublin, titled “Dead Men Don’t Praise God”, is a comment to the Great Emptiness that remained after the Shoah.

The last part of exhibition is dedicated to the Righteous among the Nations.

From the dark, claustrophobic space the visitor suddenly enters an open wide space of a huge attic. He can find there stories of people from the Lublin region, who risking their lives helped persecuted Jews during the Second World War.

 

 

Visit the exhibition

Exhibitions “Lublin. Memory of the Place” and “Memory of Righteous - Memory of Light” are presented in “Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre” Centre as parts of permanent exhibition. Single ticket allows you to see it all.

Monday - Friday,  entrance at:  9.30 am, 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm.

In case of group visitors please reservation is required, tel. 81 532 58 67 or e-mail: edukacja@tnn.lublin.pl
 

Tickets

guided tours in the Polish language:

5 zł - reduced

7 zł - adult

 

guided tours in other languages (English, French, Russian, German):

10 zł - reduced

12 zł - adult