The Urban Memory Foundation works to bring the memory and heritage of Breslau Jews closer to the minds and hearts of a variety of audiences, especially to the citizens of Wrocław.
Breslau. Schweidnitzer Stadtgraben, 1884.
Phot. Eduard van Delden, in the collection of the National Museum in Wrocław.
It all started with conversations around memory and place, remembering and forgetting, and Polish, Jewish and German narratives. We wanted to transform words and ideas into action. We are a group of researchers, architects, genealogists, educators, and activists from Wrocław and beyond, including descendants of Breslau Jews.
Our mission is to advocate for care, revitalization and conscientious maintenance of the physical heritage of the pre-war Jewish community of Breslau through working with memory, shaping the urban landscape, researching history, genealogy, education and civic engagement.
We build partnerships with local and external organizations and institutions to foster our mission and initiate projects focused on exploring history, Wrocław’s urban spaces, and genealogy in the context of the Jewish heritage of Wrocław.
We are starting a series of short publications presenting the profiles and stories of people associated with the Jewish community of the pre-war Breslau
In May 2022, we launched a new NeDiPa project: Negotiating Difficult Pasts, which we implement together with our partners Fundacja Zapomniane and FestivALT thanks to funds from the European Union.
This NeDiPa project event. An audio recording of a session in English is available: “What is left of the achievements of the Haddas – Jewish architects from Breslau – in contemporary Wrocław?” by Daniel Ljunggren
The core of the partners’ interest is dealing with neglected Jewish heritage sites in Europe, and particularly in Poland, where Polish, German, Jewish and other minority histories and legacies overlap and intertwine, pointing to the difficult European experience of the Holocaust and WWII.
In 2023 we a launched new EU-funded project with eight European partners featuring research, commemorations, education, community workshops, exhibitions and more.