Dzielnica (the Quarter) 1941-1943 (2013)
Dzielnica (eng. the quarter) is a memorial soundwalk 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. The narrative interlinks a number of fragmented memories, personal accounts, archival material, announcements, reviews and texts from the local Jewish newspaper as well as reconstructed soundscapes 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, Dzielnica 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 premiere of the project took place on the 17th of March 2013 in conjunction with the traditional annual memorial walk. Read more on the project website (currently only in Polish).
The images come from the realization and the premiere of the project on March 13, 2013 marking the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Jewish Ghetto in Krakow.
The project was developed in collaboration with Katarzyna Zimmerer and Agnieszka Reiner among others. It was supported by the Jewish Culture Festival and Galicja Museum in Krakow.