Seminar is organised by the European Department of Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS) with the cooperation with the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre.
Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. For over half a century, Yad Vashem has been committed to four pillars of remembrance: Commemoration, Documentation, Research, Education.
The European Department of Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies (ISHS) was established in 2005 with the aim to empower educators with pedagogical tools and didactic methods to teach about the Holocaust. Our Department designs tailor-made materials and methods for European educators; many of our materials are adapted culturally and developed in multiple languages. We have resources in over 20 languages with a number of sub-sections on our website. At present, our staff works in close partnership with ministries of education, memorial sites, museums, and both governmental and non-governmental organizations in more than 35 European nations.
The “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre
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.
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.