The 'Synagogue' Center is a museum and a modern cultural center functioning in the building of the Renaissance synagogue in Zamosc. The synagogue was restored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland thanks to the support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The Center was opened on April 5th, 2011. The President of the Republic of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski held honorary patronage over the opening ceremony.
Currently operating in the building of the 17th century synagogue is the Multimedia Museum of the History of the Jews of Zamość and the Surrounding Area. Several exhibitions, lectures and concerts as well as seminars and academic conferences also take place there. Thanks to the existence of the 'Synagogue' Center visitors can learn about the history of the Jewish community which over several centuries took part in shaping the region's intellectual, religious and cultural identity. Part of the building has been adapted for the needs of local NGOs active in the area of culture. The synagogue also has a religious function, serving as a place of prayer to Jewish groups visiting Zamosc.
From June 12, 2020, an outdoor exhibition entitled "Witness" will be presented in the courtyard of the "Synagogue" Center of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, at Pereca 14 st, in Zamość.
The exhibition was prepared by the initiative of the International March of the Living. It consists of 16 panels with photos and descriptions in Polish, English and Hebrew. It was first presented in 2015 at the building of the United Nations. Later it was presented at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, in front of the POLIN Museum in Warsaw, the synagogue in Budapest. Now it came to Zamość. The exhibition can be seen in front of the Zamość synagogue until October 2020.
The exhibition title was inspired by the words of Judy Weissenberg Cohen, addressed to the participants of the March of the Living in 1997: "I never had a chance to say goodbye to my mother. We didn't know we had to say goodbye... I am an old woman today and I never made peace with the fact I never had that last hug and kiss. They say "when you listen to a witness, you become a witness too." I am only asking you to work for a world... where nobody will ever have to live memories like mine ever again".
"March of the Living" is an educational program about the Holocaust. The initiative was established in 1988 and every year thousands of people from many countries come to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. The March of the Living is the opposite of the "death marches" organized during the war by the Germans for the relocation labor camps prisoners. The idea of the program is to fight indifference to other people's suffering, racism and injustice.
This year, the organization of the March was not possible due to the pandemic, which is why we are even more pleased by the exhibition in front of the "Synagogue" Center in Zamość.
The exhibition is available during the business hours of the FODŻ "Synagogue" Center.
From July 1, 2020 the exhibition "My Jewish parents, my Polish parents" will be presented at the "Synagogue" Center of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, at Pereca 14 st. in Zamość. The exhibition was prepared by the Association of 'Children of the Holocaust' in Poland.
The exhibition tells the story of fifteen Jewish children born in 1939 - 1942. Because of the sacrifice of their Jewish parents and the courage of new Polish guardians, they managed to survive the horror of the Holocaust. Now they tell us their stories and secrets hidden for years.
The exhibition was prepared by the Association of "Children of the Holocaust" in Poland. The project sponsor is the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The exhibition was presented for the first time in 2015 at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
You can find more info at: https://www.facebook.com/Centrum.Synagoga.FODZ/ and zamosc.fodz.pl
Fundacji Ochrony Dziedzictwa Żydowskiego
- ul. Pereca 14, 22-400 Zamość
Tel.: +48 84 639 00 54