JANUSZ KORCZAK’S WARSAW
This visionary, writer, indefatigable tutor — doctor Janusz Korczak — still fascinates many people, not only in Poland but also around the world. Korczak, who travelled a lot in his life, among others to France, Germany, England, Palestine came to love no other city but the one he was born in — Warsaw. In his „Diary” he wrote, „Warsaw is mine and I am hers.” And in fact Korczak’s fate was particularly connected with this city upon Vistula which he remained faithful to, just as he remained faithful to the orphans he was taking care of until his death in the summer of 1942.
DISCOVERING JEWISH PRAGA
Jews in Praga remain one of the most intriguing, but still rather unknown threads in the history of Jewish settlement. In Praga there are still many preserved buildings which were used by Jewish community before the war: Dormitory of Jewish Youth in Sierakowskiego Street, a mikveh in Kłopotowskiego St., The Michał Bergson Educational Centre in Jagiellońska St, (now Bajka Theatre). Getting to know the history of places connected with the Jewish community of Praga allows us to look differently at this beautiful, neglected in places, mysterious district.
Jewish Cemetery on Okopowa Street
Established in 1806 this cemetery is the 2nd biggest Jewish necropolis in Poland and one of few remaining witnesses of centuries of history of Jewish community in Warsaw. During the tour we will see different types of tombstones: matzevahs, ohels and obelisks. We will examine the ornaments and will learn about their symbolic meaning. Participants will visit the graves of Ber Sonnenberg, Ludwik Zamenhof, Adam Czerniaków and Marek Edelman.
Lasting reminiscences of the Warsaw Ghetto
The tour will bring participants closer to history of the Warsaw Ghetto, to everyday problems of its inhabitants and the tragic end of Jewish community in Warsaw. We will see still existing streets, tenements and squares and will imagine and see on photographs things that no longer exist. Each stage of the tour is a tale about people locked in the closed district, their everyday struggles, their decisions and choices made. Participants will learn how the food what smuggled in to the Ghetto, what plays one could see in “Femina” theater and why three Roman-Catholic churches were left within the Ghetto borders.
WARSAW IN EMANUEL RINGELBLUM’S EYES, THE CREATOR of THE UNDERGROUNGD ARCHIVE OF THE WARSAW GHETTO
Emanuel Ringelblum was born in Buczacz and spent his childhood and youth in Galicia, however the city he tied himself with for the rest of his life was Warsaw. Krakowskie Przedmieście, Długa, Tłomackie, Leszno, Grójecka, Dzielna and Nowolipki are names of just few streets linked with the Warsaw part of Ringelblum’s and his family’s biography. During the tour we will tell about Warsaw addresses of the founder of the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, his political orientation, his contribution to the community, work as a historian and a teacher.
Warsaw in the Perec’s footsteps
When Perec left his hometown, Zamość, in 1889 and settled in Warsaw, nobody thought he would become one of the most prominent writers in Yiddish and will begin new era in history of Polish Jews. What linked this fascinating writer with Franz Kafka? Why did he serve his time in Tsar’s prison in Warsaw citadel? What had he been doing in the Warsaw Jewish Religious Community for 25 years? What was his son Lucjan’s dark secret? We will answer these and other questions during our tour. We will bring back writer’s fascinating biography, little known history of places and streets he was connected with. While away the hours we will tell anecdotes, quote pre-war press articles and books. Let’s meet on the corner of Żelazna Street and Pereca Street.