"They Fill No Space. Reviving the Memory of Polish Jews in Public Spaces" outdoor exhibition
The outdoor exhibition "They Fill No Space. Reviving the Memory of Polish Jews in Public Spaces" on tour again. It will be displayed in Bialystok, Elk, Olsztyn, Trojmiasto, Bydgoszcz and Torun.
- Gdynia, square of Free Ukraine (27.07 – 16.08.2022)
- Bydgoszcz, Rother's Mills, Mennica 10 Street (19.08 – 11.09.2022)
- Torun, Old Town square 1 (14.09 – 9.10.2022)
"They Fill No Space. Reviving the Memory of Polish Jews in Public Spaces" outdoor exhibition is open to all. It presents selected topics from the history of Polish Jews in a novel way—through the use of murals. It focuses on Polish-Jewish relations and on the ways to revive the memory of our former neighbours by urban activists and by local associations.
In over a dozen thematic sections, visitors will learn, among other things, about the contribution of Polish Jews to Polish culture and economy, Jewish life in Poland throughout the centuries, and the Polish Righteous Among the Nations. Difficult chapters in Polish-Jewish history are also discussed, including the Holocaust and the antisemitic campaign launched by the Communist authorities in March 1968.
The exhibitions in individual cities are accompanied by a rich programme of educational and cultural events developed in collaboration with local partners:
- Bialystok Cultural Centre / Ludwik Zamenhof Centre
- Historical Museum in Elk
- Municipal Cultural Centre in Olsztyn
- Gdynia City Museum
- Cultural Park in Bydgoszcz / Rother's Mills
- District Museum in Torun.
Visitors will be able, among other things, to walk along the trail of local Jewish history, see the Jewish-themed murals that can be found in each of the five cities, go on a cycling tour, take part in discussions about new forms of commemoration in the urban space, and participate in family workshops and outdoor urban games.
"They Fill No Space. Reviving the Memory of Polish Jews in Public Spaces" outdoor exhibition was produced in 2017 in cooperation between POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Norwegian Centre for Holocaust and Minority Studies in Oslo. In 2019, it was displayed during the Festival of Tolerance in Zagreb. In 2021 the exhibition was presented in five Polish cities: Lublin, Warsaw, Cracow, Lodz and Rzeszow. In 2022, it will be also displayed at the Holocaust Museum in Sered (Slovakia).