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 thousands 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 soundwalk is based on their memories. The narrative interlinks a number of fragmented 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.

In contrast to many narratives revolving merely around the tragic side of being trapped between the ghetto walls, Dzielnica focuses to a large extent on the cultural life of the community, the strong will to cultivate traditions, 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 and part of the the Jewish Culture Festival and Galicja Museum in Krakow.

One of the stations of the soundwalk featuring a prayer by prof. Jonathan Webber.