Eliza Gaust

Eliza Gaust

I come from Tomaszów Mazowiecki, but I have been living in Łódź for the past 16 years. I came here in 2005 to pursue a degree in Cultural Studies with a major in Film and Media Studies. Ever since I can remember, my biggest passions have been writing and art.

In the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center, where I have been working since 2011, I work as a coordinator of the following projects: commemorative projects (70th and 75th anniversary of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto liquidation); film projects (“Z miasta Łodzi” eng. “From the City of Łódź,” “Rok protestu. 1968 w kinie europejskim” eng. “The year of protest. 1968 in the European cinema,” “Otwarta Łódź – Otwarte Kino” eng. “Open Łódź – Open Cinema”); music projects (“Kwartet Czterech Kultur” eng. “The Four Cultures Quartet”) and educational projects (Kolorowa Tolerancja, eng. Colourful Tolerance). Since 2013, I have been the coordinator of the Human Library, the Łodź-based edition of an international anti-discrimination project.

Apart from working at the Dialogue Center, I am involved in work in the following associations: O!Środek działań równościowych (eng. Equality Action Center) and HaKoach. In 2015, I initiated an original anti-discrimination web project called Opowiedz się (eng. espouse yourself, opowiedzsie.pl). I also have my fulfillment as a curator of art exhibitions (“Pusto-stan nienawiści” eng. “The Hollow State of Hate,” an exhibition by Karolina Wiktor during the 2018 Łódź of Four Cultures Festival; “Ślady” eng. “Traces,” exhibition by Georgia Nowak during the 2019 commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto liquidation). Writing has been a passion of mine since I was young. I am currently writing for the website Miej Miejsce and for Kalejdoskop. In 2018, thanks to a scholarship I received from the Mayor of Łódź, I wrote the book “CZATA – JUDE 1993-2017”.

For me, above all, working at the Dialogue Center means contact with people and many new challenges. During the ten years I have spent in this institution I have had the opportunity to learn more about the multicultural history of Łódź and to coordinate projects that are important for both Łódź citizens and visitors from all over the world. I will always remember the meetings with the Survivors and how joyous they are. The educational work that we carry out also seems to me to be of great significance. Historical and human rights education is the basis for the formation of an open and informed society. Coordinating the Human Library is something I find fulfilling because dialogue truly makes sense and can make a huge difference.

 

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