The Great Synogogue Restores Memory

A ceremonial virtual reconstruction of the Great Synagogue.

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The Open Republic Association will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising with a public multimedia event created by artist Gabi von Seltmann.

This ceremony is a virtual reconstruction of the Great Synagogue, demolished by the Germans after the Ghetto Uprising, using historical images, sounds and emotions. Archival recordings of the cantor of the Great Synagogue, Gerszon Sirota, who died in the Warsaw ghetto, and fragments of the poem Bashert, read by its author, Irena Klepfisz, daughter of Michał, a soldier of the Jewish Combat Organisation, will be played during the ceremony.

19 April 2018, at 9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Plac Bankowy Warsaw. The performance will be repeated until 10:30 p. m., in 10 – minute sequences.

The event will be broadcast live on


Director – Gabi von Seltmann

Sound collage – Marcin Lenarczyk

Poem Bashert – Irena Klepfisz

Visual design and animation – Elwira Wojtunik, Popesz Csaba Láng / Elektro Moon Vision

Archival pictures – The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, The Warsaw Rising Museum

Patronate: The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

Partners: The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN

Andrzej, Małgorzata Rojek
Irene Kronhill Pletka and the Kronhill Pletka Foundation
The Róża Luksemburg Foundation


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