On 16th May, 2013 it will be 70 years since the demolition of the Great Synagogue in Tłomackie. The destruction of the building under the command of Jurgen Stroop was a symbolic act marking the end of the existence of the Jewish quarter in Warsaw. Today, the area of Tłomackie Street is one of the most popular places on the map of the capital. Plac Bankowy [Bank Square], monument of Juliusz Słowacki, the official residence of the Mayor of the City of Warsaw, an underground station and Błękitny Wieżowiec [the Blue Tower] have radically changed the surrounding of pre-war Tłomackie Street as well as formerly neighbouring with it, Nalewki Street, which was immortalized by literature and painting.
We encourage you to familiarize yourselves with history of the place, where the Great Synagogue in Tłomackie used to stand. After the war, the synagogue was expected to be rebuilt. However, in the 1950s a new plan of Bank Square was designed and the idea was given up. The Blue Tower was built in the place of the synagogue. Nowadays, there is no trail of the former presence of the synagogue in the urban space. Only old photographs can bring it back. The intention of the Jewish Historical Institute, located just next to the place where the Great Synagogue used to stand, is to restore awareness of its existence both among the residents of the city and all those who visit Warsaw.
We are announcing a contest for a conceptual design, which aims to mark and commemorate the presence (or rather the absence) of the Great Synagogue in the urban space. Everyone interested in our contest can participate in it. The contest rules will be available soon!