03 April 2014

Exhibition devoted to the pre-war Jewish Warsaw in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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The Museum launched long-awaited temporary exhibition devoted to the pre-war Jewish Warsaw, Warszawa, Warsze.

The exhibition will take us to the world of Nalewki Street and the Muranów quarter – reverberating with the sounds of Yiddish, bustling with pavement stalls and shops. We will tour the elegant area around Senatorska Street, the cultural centre for Poles of Jewish origin, as well as Tłomackie Street, brimming with Jewish intelligentsia, where Jewish traditions and culture were cultivated in the European style. We will carefully tread the dodgy area around Gnojna Street and the Iron Gate (Żelazna Brama) square. We will also familiarize ourselves with the Jewish microcosm of the Praga quarter, today reminiscent in the names such as: Szmulowizna, Targowa and Wołowa streets… We will by no means forget about the Jewish Vistula river, which on one hand was a trade route for Jewish merchants dealing with grain or forest fruit, while on the other hand an excellent bathing spot for the Warsaw Jews.

Warszawa, Warsze exhibition will take you to the city that is no more: you will be able to sit in a café to read prewar Jewish press and sing along Warsaw’s old favourites, like “The Ball on Gnojna Street”. You will be able to watch films, admire photos and artworks as well as cult objects produced in one of Warsaw famous goldsmith workshops. Advertisements and signboards, often bilingual (in Polish and Yiddish), will remind us what an integral part of the society the Jews were in the prewar Warsaw.

The exhibition will reveal how the Jews influenced Warsaw, but also how Warsaw influenced the Jews. Together we will discover a multicultural side of the city since its early days till the outbreak of the Second World War.


Curator: Ewa Małkowska-Bieniek
Organization supervisor: Joanna Fikus
Exhibition design: Brandy Design
Production: Daniel Zieliński
Film production: Arkadiusz Dybel, Przemysław Jaczewski

The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive programme of cultural and educational events, so please visit our website regularly – you will be informed about the events well in advance.

The exhibition will be open at the Museum from March 28 until June 30, 2014, during Museum opening hours.

Source of information: MHŻP

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