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Mar
1
Fri
Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival @ Jewish Museum Frankfufrt
Mar 1 – Sep 1 all-day
Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival @ Jewish Museum Frankfufrt | Frankfurt am Main | Hessen | Germany

A multimedia exhibition by the artist, architect and historian Natalia Romik dedicated to the creativity of Polish Jews seeking to survive the Shoah in hiding.

In Poland and Ukraine during World War II, approximately 50,000 people survived persecution by the German occupying forces in hiding. The majority of them were Jewish. They found refuge in tree hollows, closets, basements, sewers, empty graves, and other precarious locations. Natalia Romik’s exhibition “Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival” pays tribute to these fragile places of refuge and explores their physicality. The show poses basic questions about the relationship between architecture, private life, and the public sphere: it addresses the protective function of spaces and emphasizes the creativity those in hiding brought to bear in their attempt to survive.

In a research project extending over several years, Natalia Romik and an interdisciplinary team of researchers consulted oral histories to identify several hiding places, which they explored using forensic methods. The multimedia exhibition “Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival” presents the results of this research. It consists of sculptures bearing a direct connection to the sites and includes documentary films, forensic recordings, photos, documents, and objects found in the hiding places.

“Hideouts: The Architecture of Survival” is presented in cooperation with the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and the TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin. On the occasion of the show at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, a catalogue will be published in German and English editions by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

The exhibition was curated by Kuba Szreder and Stanisław Ruksza with the help of Aleksandra Janus (scientific collaboration). For the presentation in Frankfurt, Katja Janitschek, curator of the Judengasse Museum, was responsible for the curatorial project management. We would like to thank the Evonik Foundation for their generous support.

 

Mar
29
Fri
Jews in 20th Century Italy @ National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah
Mar 29 – Oct 6 all-day

The  exhibit showcases Italian Jewish experience in the 20th century, beginning with the destruction of the ghettos at the end of the 19th century, through the Shoah, and up until almost the present day.

It includes contemporary artworks; photographs from public and private archives; historical documents, and family objects. 

Tempio Maggiore, Great Synagogue, Rome,
Tempio Maggiore, Great Synagogue, Rome, built in 1904 after the opening of the Ghetto

 

May
17
Fri
(post)JEWISH… Shtetl Opatów Through the Eyes of Mayer Kirshenblatt @ POLIN Museum, Warsaw
May 17 – Dec 16 all-day
(post)JEWISH… Shtetl Opatów Through the Eyes of Mayer Kirshenblatt @ POLIN Museum, Warsaw | Warszawa | Województwo mazowieckie | Poland

There were more than a thousand shtetls in today’s territories of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus.  The Second World War and the Holocaust obliterated the world of shtetls completely. Today, in Opatów—as well as in tens of other Polish towns—there are no more Jews left.

The OPOLIN Museum’s  new temporary exhibition titled (post) JEWISH… demonstrates that Polish towns hide two parallel histories. The history of their Polish inhabitants is well known and remembered. The one of their Jewish neighbours who are no more is forgotten or left unsaid. 

Guide in the exhibition will be the late Mayer Kirshenblatt, a painter who emigrated to Canada with his mother and brothers as a teenager, in 1934. Mayer recalls the shtetl of his youth, restoring vivid memories of the people, events, daily life and customs. His paintings—full of color, imagination and humor—show us a world that is no more. Looking at them, we learn about our shared Polish-Jewish history.

The exhibition also features a documentation of artistic interventions carried out in today’s Opatów, aimed at discovering and restoring the vestiges of the pre-war Jewish life.

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Jun
21
Fri
Ukrainian Shtetls exhibit, Photographs by Eugeny Kotlyar @ Fordham University
Jun 21 – Aug 30 all-day
Ukrainian Shtetls exhibit, Photographs by Eugeny Kotlyar @ Fordham University | New York | United States

The Ukrainian Shtetl: Homecoming to Places of Strength—Photographic Travels by Eugeny Kotlyar

The memory of the traditional world of Jewish small towns in Eastern Europe has been slowly disappearing since the beginning of the last century. “The shtetl,” a small town, is both a real and imagined place in Jewish history and memory. The world of “the shtetl” lasted for more than five centuries. It belonged to many Eastern European countries as the region’s political boundaries shifted from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to the Russian Empire and its Pale of Jewish Settlement. This world experienced the hardest shocks of wars, pogroms, evictions of Jews, and socio-political and economic upheavals, and always tried to adapt to the new life. But its life was cut short first by World War I and the October Revolution, and then, ultimately, by the Holocaust.

In this exhibit, Eugeny Kotlyar explores the meaning of the sites formerly thriving with Jewish life. He seeks to capture the feeling of the still-vanishing world of the shtetl through the stylization of photographs in black-and-white and poetic montages that mix history, memory, nostalgia, and a reality now unfolding.

Aug
11
Sun
Restored Białystok Pogrom Monument dedication @ Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery, Białystok
Aug 11 all-day
Restored Białystok Pogrom Monument dedication @ Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery, Białystok | Białystok | Województwo podlaskie | Poland

Inauguration of the massive pillar in the Jewish cemetery commemorating the scores of victims of the June 1906 pogrom and two 1905 massacres.

It was restored thanks to the efforts of the US nonprofit Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Fund.

Read the long essay by the cemetery’s historian Dr. Heidi Szpek about the pillar.

Medieval Jewish Erfurt – celebrating one year since inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage list @ Jewish quarter Erfurt
Aug 11 @ 11:00 – 22:00
Medieval Jewish Erfurt - celebrating one year since inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage list @ Jewish quarter Erfurt | Erfurt | Thüringen | Germany

A day workshops, lectures, and dance across the Jewish Old City – and a festive open-air concert outside the Old Synagogue, featuring simkhat hanefesh, Caravan Orchestra & Choir, and more, to celebrate the first anniversary of Medieval Jewish Erfurt being included on UNESCO’s roster of World Heritage.

The events is part of the program of this year’s Yiddish Summer Weimar festival, which runs from July 12 to August 17.

Aug
25
Sun
Sibiu Synagogue Mare – 125th birthday celebration concert @ Synagogue Mare in Sibiu, Romania
Aug 25 @ 19:00
Sibiu Synagogue Mare - 125th birthday celebration concert @ Synagogue Mare in Sibiu, Romania | Sibiu | Județul Sibiu | Romania

An concert by the klezmer and jewish music greats  Jake Shulman-Ment, Jeremiah Lockwood and Francesca Ter-Berg to mark the 125th anniversary of the Synagogue Mare’s dedication.

Jake Shulman-Ment “is considered one of the best klezmer fiddlers on the planet,” according to US National Public Radio. A virtuoso klezmer musician, Shulman-Ment has traveled and taught worldwide. 20 years ago he studied in Romania and undertook several tours in the country.
 
Jeremiah Lockwood is a scholar, guitarist and composer whose work focuses on the cantorial music tradition – his grandmother was born in the Transylvanian town of Valea lui Mihai (Ermihalyfalva), in Bihor County. He is the founder of the band The Sway Machinery and the author of the recent book Golden Ages: Hasidic Singers and Cantorial Revival in the Digital Era. Jeremiah’s research considers the work of cantors as arbiters of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in times of crisis and cultural transformation. Jeremiah received his PhD from Stanford University, Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies, in 2021. He is currently a Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Francesca Ter-Berg is a cellist and composer known for her unique style that combines klezmer, improvisation and electronic synthesis. Her debut EP “In Eynem” (Phantom Limb Label won Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp and Best Quietus Release of 2021). Francesca writes music for film and TV, tours and records with Imogen Heap, Tom Skinner, Portico Quartet and Ziah Ziah. Her critically acclaimed duo Fran & Flora released their self-produced second studio album in April 2024 on Hidden Notes Records.

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