Dzielnica (eng. the quarter) is a memorial sound-walk through the former Jewish Ghetto in Krakow developed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liquidation. On the 13th of March 1943, around eight thousand Jews were transported to the Plaszow concentration camp. Two thousands were killed on the streets of the ghetto. Every year, a memorial walk takes place following the last path of those sent to the camp. The sound walk is based on memories of those who went through first the ghetto and later the concentration camp. Among them were Roma Ligocka, Roman Polanski and Miriam Akavia. The narrative interlinks a number of fragmented memories, announcements, reviews and texts from the local Jewish newspaper as well as sound-scapes illustrating the reality of everyday life in the ghetto, also based on the accounts of survivors. In contrast to many narratives revolving only around the tragic side of being trapped between the ghetto walls, this project focuses to a big degree on the cultural life of the community, the strong will to cultivate tradition, social activities and deep spiritual life among its members. The project is a beginning of a broader challenge to embed historical accounts and personal narrative in the very fabric of the contemporary public sphere of the former Jewish ghetto in Krakow, by means of locative media, geo-tagged digital database and mobile technology. The informal premiere of the project took place on the 17th of March 2013 in conjunction with the traditional annual memorial walk. Official project website currently only in Polish: www.1941-1943.pl
Below, some photographs from the realization and the premiere on the day of the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Jewish Ghetto in Krakow and one of the audiofiles with a prayer by prof. Jonathan Webber.