In 2021 we are implementing our first project – Places of Remembering and Forgetting – planned in two cities, Wrocław and Kraków, for two places recognized as sites of Difficult Heritage.
Together with partner organization FestivALT, the Urban Memory Foundation will employ the mechanisms of civic engagement and will work through tensions around the revitalization and commemoration of two sites in Poland – the former Jewish cemetery on Gwarna Street in Wrocław and the former Nazi concentration camp in Płaszów, Kraków. UMF will lead and coordinate activities in Wrocław in partnership with the Wrocław House of Culture OP ENHEIM and Dom Pokoju Foundation. To this end, we will conduct a social and information campaign for local residents about the Jewish heritage in their neighborhoods, and raise civic competences of local youth – two peer groups in Wrocław and Kraków cooperating with each other – who will conduct and record conversations with the key stakeholders, especially local residents. We will make every effort to create conditions for building mutual trust and dialogue. The purpose is to provide foundations for developing a common vision for revitalization and commemoration of the two sites of Jewish heritage. The results and conclusions from the activities in both cities will open a new chapter in the dialogue with local authorities and will allow the creation of a toolkit and good practices recommended elsewhere in Polish cities dealing with similar challenges.
The project is financed by Norway Grants from the Active Citizens – National Fund, a program financed by the EEA Grants, and it has received honorary patronage of Hans Jörg Neumann, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Wrocław.