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More on Former Warsaw Ghetto Boundary Markers
ISJM, December 1, 2008

The last E-Report included an account of the new series of monuments marking the perimeter of the former Warsaw Ghetto. The monuments were officially inaugurated in a ceremony held at the Jewish Historical Institute on November 19th..

Vanessa Gera of Associated Press filed the following report:

Warsaw marks borders of former ghetto


WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials marked the border of the former Warsaw Ghetto on Wednesday with plaques and boundary lines traced in the ground to preserve the memory of the tragic World War II-era Jewish quarter.

The markers were inaugurated with speeches by the Warsaw mayor and other officials. A group that included Holocaust survivors and members of the Jewish community then made their way in the rain together to reflect on the past at some of the 21 memorial plaques.

The head of Poland's Jewish community, Piotr Kadlcik, called the project "very important" and "the fulfillment of a dream."

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Extensive Marker Program Recalls Warsaw Ghetto Wall
By Samuel D. Gruber
ISJM, November 13, 2008

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When I was recently in Warsaw I took most of a day to walk around the area of the Warsaw Ghetto which had, of course, also been among the most densely populated Jewish neighborhoods of the city before the Shoah. I made my way to many of the monuments which I already knew, and I wanted to get a sense of where the new Museum of the History of the Jews in Poland would rise - across from the Ghetto Uprising Monument by Natan Rapoport.

This part of Warsaw is a baffling one, since there are entire layers of history - streets, buildings, houses, stores, people - all lost beneath the post-war and post -Ghetto building boom that transformed this area into vast acres of wide streets and big apartment blocks. The Ghetto monuments are among the few distinctive landmarks.

Gone too, is any sense of the perimeter of the Ghetto, the infamous Wall which figured so mightily in wartime reality and post-Holocaust imagination. Together with the chimneys of the Death Camp crematoria, the Warsaw Ghetto Wall is the architectural form that has came to represent most the suffering of the Poland's Jews under German occupation. As the Ghetto was made smaller, as the wall tightened, so too did Jewish hopes diminish. But today, wandering the new Warsaw cityscape - where is the wall?

To my surprise, I came across a new monument on ulica Bielanska, not far from the site of the (destroyed) Great Synagogue that gave me a clue about the Wall. I had not heard of this monument and it is not yet included on any map or in any guide. As it happens it is but one small part of an ambitious new project by the City of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Jewish Historical Institute (JHI) to bring back the memory of the wall. The work is still in progress, but will be officially inaugurated at the JHI next week, on November 19th.

This project of Ghetto memory sees the city as a palimpsest - and under the lines of the new street the old patterns can still be seen - albeit faintly. 21 bronze reliefs are being installed along the route of the Ghetto wall. 13 reliefs are placed on still-extant patches of wall used as part of the Ghetto enclosure. The rest are set onto freestanding stelae. Together they mark the Ghetto border when it was at its biggest. Explanatory texts help orient the viewer. Some of these markers - the ones where no part of the wall survives - include strips of pavement labeled "Ghetto Wall" that are embedded in the surrounding pavements and give a sense of exactly where the wall once was. [This method of tracing outline of lost walls is not new (a good example is the memorial for the Orphan Boys' Home in Amsterdam, where an outline of the building in whose site is mostly covered by the new Town Hall was laid out with ceramic tiles in the surrounding pavement by artist Otto Treumann), but in Warsaw it is done very well.]

I'm very impressed by this project. It is one of the very best that I have seen anywhere that endeavors to re-orient the viewer to an historic topography rather than the contemporary one. For Jewish sites this type of evocation of lost places is essential, since throughout Europe so much of Jewish culture is lost, destroyed and built over. The Warsaw project demonstrates that there are ways that are both aesthetically and didactically satisfactory - that these lost places and spaces can be recalled, if not actually recovered. The effort to create and install a system of distinct but related markers is important. Whether for the Ghetto Wall, or for (re)locating Jewish communal institutions or any other set of sites, a system indicates that recovered sites were not individual, casual or accidental creations, but were part of a complex network of places and community now gone. This technique can work with any kind of lost heritage, not just Jewish. But for Jewish heritage - especially in cities once full of Jews where few physical remains survive - markers are a must.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Poland remembers ghetto uprising
BBC News
Warsaw - The Polish and Israeli presidents have led events to mark the 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The main ceremony was held at a monument honouring hundreds of Jewish fighters who resisted German attempts to eradicate the ghetto. Polish President Lech Kaczynski said the world must remain vigilant to prevent a repeat of such horrors. Israeli President Shimon Peres said that the fighters represented the victory of humanity over bestiality. The uprising was the largest act of Jewish resistance in the Holocaust. Paying tribute during the ceremony, a Jewish cantor sang a memorial prayer to the victims, and wreaths were laid at the foot of the monument. Several hundred people were present, including Holocaust survivors, politicians and members of the public.

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Backers of Polish museum hope groundbreaking boosts fund raising
by Dinah A. Spritzer
JTA, June 20, 2007
Supporters and staff of a new museum on Polish Jewry are hoping a high-profile groundbreaking ceremony will draw in the additional funds needed to finish what aims to be Europe's largest Jewish cultural attraction under one roof.

Polish Jewish museum to break ground
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw will break ground June 26. The $58 million museum is set to open between 2009 and 2010. It will showcase the 1,000-year history of Polish Jews, who comprised 10 percent of the country's population before the Holocaust -- more than in any other European nation.

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