NeDiPa – Negotiating Difficult Pasts

In May 2022, we launched a new NeDiPa project: Negotiating Difficult Pasts, which we are implementing together with our partners Fundacja Zapomniane from Warsaw and FestivALT from Krakow thanks to funds from the European Union (CERV – the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme).

 

The NeDiPa project aims to develop a systematic approach to the difficult heritage of the Holocaust in Central and Eastern Europe. Over the next two years, we will implement 29 events – trainings, conferences, commemorations, consultation meetings, artistic initiatives – during which we will develop, together with experts in many fields, DIFFICULT HERITAGE REMEMBRANCE FRAMEWORK, which will include guidelines and recommendations for various groups of recipients and a toolkit for local activists.

 

In our activities we involve organizations, people and initiatives in the area of ​​remembrance and care for the Jewish heritage in Poland, so that we can continue to work together and that the results of the project benefit the entire community. In our tasks and activities we follow the Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy. We will keep you posted about the progress of work and invite you to public events. We encourage you to be in touch with our organizations!

SAVE THE DATE!

 

We invite you to join us at one of the project’s upcoming events:

 

  • January, 2023. Online event > date TBC soon.
    GREEN COMMEMORATION – Towards new strategies of remembering in public space.

REPORTS FROM OUR EVENTS

1. KICK-OFF MEETING – WARSAW

 

The first meeting of the NeDiPa project took place on May 23, 2022 at JCC Warsaw. The purpose of the meeting, which took the form of a kick-off for stakeholders, was to present the project to the key organizations, people and initiatives working in the area of ​​remembrance and care for Jewish heritage in Poland. See full photo-report on fb and on the Fundacja Zapomniane website.

2. COMMEMORATION – NOWE TRZCIANO

On June 8, 2022, we commemorated Jewish men and women, refugees from the Białystok ghetto, who tried to survive the Holocaust in the forest near Nowe Trzciano. They were to spend time in the forest hideout from summer to late autumn. During this time, the local people provided them with food. A special unit of the military police from Kopna Góra set up an ambush in the forest and all the Jews were murdered. More information on on fb the website of Zapomniane Foundation, our partner and organizer of the ceremony.

3. COMMEMORATION – CHRZANÓW

“Esther’s Willow” is an artistic project created by Marta and Katarzyna Sale from Chrzanów and Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman from Philadelphia, whose ancestors lived in Jarosław and Warsaw. On July 3, 2022, a Silent Procession commemorating the former Jewish community of Chrzanów passed through the streets of Chrzanów. Its participants set off from the vicinity of the railway station, then went along Henryka Avenue to the Market Square and from there to the former Esther Square (now unnamed), where, in the place where the Great Synagogue once stood, they planted a symbolic willow. We invite you to watch the video report from the event. More information on the website of FestivALT, our partner and organizer of this event.

4. COMMEMORATION – PIKULE

In November, our partner Zapomniane Foundation prepared a green commemoration of the forest hideout, which became the burial site of seven Jews from Modliborzyce in Pikule (Janów Lubelski commune). Thanks to cooperation with landscape architect Natalia Budnik we marked the location of the dugout/burial with plants so that it fits into the local landscape. On November 4, 2022, during the ceremony of unveiling the monument/tombstone, we commemorated the victims together. The ceremony was attended by its co-organizers, the Regional Museum in Janów Lubelski, the Janów Lubelski Forest Inspectorate, as well as the local authorities of Janów Lubelski and neighboring communes, representatives of the clergy, including Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis and the Bishop Mieczysław Cisło, youth from the 1st High School in Janów Lubelski, representatives of Jewish organizations, local community. See photo report.