The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź
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Architectural accessibility

The building of the Dialogue Centre is accessible for people with physical disabilities. There are no thresholds, there is a lift, there are 196 seats in the auditorium, and in the first row there are four seats designated for wheelchair users. There are spaces for the people with disabilities in the car park.

Information for the deaf

Pursuant to the Sign Language And Other Means Of Communication Act of 19th August 2011 (Dz.U. [Journal of Laws] Number 209 Item 646), the Office provides all interested parties with free-of-charge assistance of a sign language interpreter whilst dealing with official matters.

A person who is eligible to use the assistance of a sign language interpreter shall notify the Office of their intent to use the assistance at least 3 working days before the planned visit to the Office and indicate their chosen method of communication, i.e:

• Polish Sign Language (Polski język migowy, PJM),
• Language-Sign System (system językowo-migowy, SJM),

Living Library

The Living Library is a tool that seeks to challenge prejudice and discrimination. It works just like a normal library: visitors can browse the catalogue for the available titles, choose the book they want to read, and borrow it for a limited period of time. After reading, they return the book to the library and, if they want, borrow another. The only difference is that in the Living Library, books are people, and reading consists of a conversation.

Żywa Biblioteka Łódź// listopadThe first-ever Living Library (Menneske Biblioteket in Danish) was organized in Denmark in 2000 at the Roskilde Festival. The original idea had been developed by a Danish Youth NGO called ‘Stop the Violence’ (Foreningen Stop Volden) as part of the activities they offered to festival goers.

The Living Library became part of the Council of Europe’s programme in 2003 and the driving force behind its inclusion was the realisation that human rights cannot be defended and promoted by legal texts alone. There is – today more than ever in the recent past – a need to raise awareness of the wider public of the importance of human rights to the fabric of our democracies and the responsibility of the individual citizen in realizing abstract human rights in his or her everyday interactions.

Rok Marka Edelmana w Łodzi

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Rok 2019 będzie w Łodzi Rokiem Marka Edelmana, już teraz zapraszamy Państwa do bycia z nami w tym roku! Już 4 stycznia zapraszamy na Setną rocznicę urodzin Marka Edelmana, przez cały planujemy rozmawiać o Edelmanie, inspirować się jego słowami.

“Memory of You will never fade until we are alive”

   There are still people with us who experienced the hardships and the tragedies of the II World War. Some of them heroically saved many Jewish lives from complete annihilation by the Germans. In many cases these quiet heroes remained humble about their deeds even after the war. Therefore only a small part of them has been honored for their courage and willingness to sacrifice.

   In 1953 Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority was implemented in Israel. Its members established Righteous of The World award to commemorate the people who were saving Jews during the war. Currently, there are 6200 names of Poles on this list which accounts for 28% of all Righteous in the world. The  names of the awarded are put on a wall in Yad Vashem’s Garden of the Righteous. Each of the honored also has a tree planted in the Garden.

   Poles who were saving Jewish citizens during the war are commemorated by a monument designed by Czesław Bielecki. The Monument Honoring Poles who Saved Jews During the Second World War comprises of walls built on Shield of David’s plan. There is an inscription “Righteous of the World” on all of its sides. Above the monument one can find a statue of the Polish Eagle ready to fly made of travertine on which there is an inscription “To the Polish who saved Jews between 1939 and 1945” and citations from the Gospel and the Talmud. On the front of the main Monument there is a caption in Polish whereas on its other sides the captions are in Hebrew and English. The walls of the Monument are coming down towards the water which enables the visitors to observe the Shield of David’s plan it was built on from the hill on the opposite side of the lake.

   Not only are there names of individuals on the commemorative plaques but also the names of whole families and even neighbours. It was unique in Poland only (as opposed to the rest of the occupied Europe) that people who hid Jews were facing the death penalty. Even an attempt of sharing food or water with a Jewish citizen could end up with the capital punishment. It was also a concern of other members of the family or neighbours who were aware of those “illegal” actions. In spite of German authorities’ brutality and ruthlessness many Poles found it more compelling to help other human beings that were in need.

   At 8 pm, on the eve of monument’s unveiling, Andrzej Krauze’s concert “The Righteous of this Land” will take place. Oratorio is thought to depict an imaginary journey across the Holy Land from Genesis to modern times. Love Is the Essence of Life is a motto of a concert.

  The monument that will be unveiled on the 27th of August and is expected to be a Jewish-Polish celebration of humanity in the bottomless pit of occupation. We all hope that both the monument and oratorio will inspire the world to remember about the tragic and heroic choices some Polish people made and that are now often forgotten about. It is vital to remember that the Jews would not have been the same people without Polish people and Poland would have been a completely different culturally impoverished country without its Jewish neighbours.  

The synagogue at 20 Wolborska Street

The synagogue at Spacerowa Street (at the corner of Kościuszki and Zielona streets)

The synagogue at 6 Wólczańska Street

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