Exhibitions at the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź
10 YEARS OF THE MAREK EDELMAN DIALOGUE CENTER IN ŁÓDŹ
In 2021, we celebrate our 10th birthday. We popularize the multicultural history of Lodz and Poland, important historical events, as well as people who played an important role in building our identity. Through culture, we teach the history of Poland, Europe and the world, as well as respect for other cultures and traditions. While talking about the past, we maintain a constant dialogue with the present, trying to draw conclusions from the experiences of other generations and times.
The exhibition summarizes 10 years of our activity from the beginning of our existence until the difficult year of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we moved our activity to the online sphere. At the exhibition, you will find a place to express your opinion about our existing projects and suggestions for further activities.
MAREK EDELMAN. THE MAN
The exhibition "Marek Edelman. The Man" is a story about a hero, who did not want to be a hero, but history made him one. A story of a man, who in his life learned everything about death which is why he was aware of how precious every moment in life was and would always struggle for it. Marek Edelman: doctor, socio-political activist, one of the uprising leaders in Warsaw Ghetto, decorated with the Commander's Cross of the Legion of Honour and the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of many universities.
The exhibition not only introduces Marek Edelman himself, but also – takes us through his life. It presents the last 100 years of Polish, European and world history. His views and life attitude can become a kind of moral compass for young people.The exhibition "Marek Edelman. The Man" is the most important element of the celebration of the Marek Edelman Year.
Curator: Marta Skłodowska
Co-authors of the exhibition: Joanna Podolska (UŁ), Magdalena Kamińska
Texts: Marta Skłodowska, Joanna Podolska (UŁ)
Editors: Joanna Podolska (UŁ)
Graphic design: Krzysztof Iwański
Architect: Magdalena Bałycz
Producer: Marcin Kuropatwa
Coordinator: Magdalena Kamińska
Translation: Dorota Dekiert
WE ARE ETERNAL TREES… STORIES FROM THE ŁÓDŹ GHETTO
The exhibition "We are eternal trees ... stories from the Łódź Ghetto" in the first part "Ghetto in 1944" shows the history of the Łódź Ghetto through the most important places and events in its history. The pretext is a large-format map of the "closed district in Łódź" placed on the wall. The exhibition is devoted to the fate of survivors who, after the liquidation of the ghetto, were sent to camps, lived through death marches, and after the war dispersed around the world to build a new life somewhere else.
The second part of "We are eternal trees ... stories from the Łódź ghetto" presents the biographies of ten out of over 640 Holocaust survivors, whose symbolic Memorial Trees are in the Survivors Park, including Lucjan Dobroszycki, editor of the first edition of the "Chronicle of the Łódź Ghetto", ghetto singer Jankiel Herszkowicz or writer Zenia Larsson, who published several books about the Łódź ghetto in Swedish. Their fate was different. Most of them during World War II found themselves within the Jewish district created by the Germans in February 1940 on the territory of the Old Town and Bałuty. In the Łódź ghetto, they witnessed the death of their loved ones, experienced the despair of parting with their family, hunger, then deportations to Auschwitz and other camps. Others, e.g. Stefan Skotnicki, left Łódź in the first months of the war and did not return here until 1945.
The post-war choices of those who survived were also different: some stayed in Poland and tried to rebuild their lives, others left their homeland to look for their place in another part of Europe or the world. Today, their children and grandchildren speak different languages and live on almost all continents. The Survivors' Park symbolically connects them with Łódź and it shows the triumph of life over death and love over hatred.
Exhibitions at the Museum of the City of Łódź
Łódź in Europe. Europe in Łódź. The promised land then and now
The new historical exhibition at the Museum of the City of Łódź essentially covers the 1820-1989 period. It presents the biography of the city which, in an unprecedented way on a global scale, has advanced from a small local craft and agricultural centre to the group of great European metropolises in just a few decades. The exhibition, enriched with numerous multimedia and tactile objects, provides a look at the history of Łódź from four different but mutually complementary perspectives, each of them distinguished by colour. Its main axis is the history of the metropolis, but it is worth learning about other aspects of the city's life and discovering its richness. Only then the network of connections and correlations that build this complex urban machinery will be revealed. Thus, an exhibition with a chronological and problematic arrangement can be discovered in many ways: getting to know fascinating aspects related to the Metropolis, Progress, People or Success, walking along designated zones, or wandering between them according to the chronology of events, checking how the penetration of these threads influenced the shape of the city and changed both its look and position in the world. Through historic objects, photos, tactile models, games, applications and recordings, the exhibition will allow you to understand the past of Łódź, get to know the behind-the-scenes of its phenomenal development, and discover its potential.
Exhibitions at the Museum of the Independence Traditions in Łódź | The Radegast Station Branch
Łódź Ghetto model
The main element of the exhibition presented in the Radegast Station building is a model which faithfully recreates the historical layout of the Łódź Ghetto. It shows the area of the then functioning Łódź Ghetto (Litzmannstadt) within the borders as of May 1942. The model is based on archival designs and building plans, preserved photographs of buildings and aerial photographs, and contemporary photographic documentation.
The exhibition is a part of the “Litzmannstadt Ghetto Model” project that has been running since 2015, which aims to use modern technologies and new forms of media to educate about the Holocaust.
The queries enabled the creation of a photographic source base, which contains a large collection of photographs taken in the Łódź ghetto. Maps of the ghetto area and architectural plans of individual buildings (more than 2500 in total) have been collected. In addition to the archival photographs, hundreds of contemporary photographs have been taken (more than 6 thousand in total). It allowed the architectural structure of the former ghetto district to be accurately mapped, making it possible to create a physical model of the ghetto. The 1:400 scale model, with target dimensions of 10 m x 4 m, will be the largest of its kind in the country.
So far, the project has been implemented within the framework of the three-year grant programme “Raise awareness and promote research into the causes of Holocaust” run by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the Museum’s own budget and with the financial support of the City of Łódź Council.