The Centropa Exhibition Jewish Witnesses to the Polish Century was at our school for 9 days (5 – 14 November 2012) At that time 14 classes, which means over 400 students and teachers, visited the exhibition.
Except for those years during the Holocaust, Teofila never lived anywhere else but Cracow, and in her interview, she takes us on a tour of the city-to all the places she went...
Nie licząc lat wojennych, Teofila nigdy nie mieszkała poza Krakowem. Podczas wywiadu zabrała nas na spacer po swoim mieście, przenieśliśmy się z nią do tych wszystkich miejsc, w których była...
This lesson uses Centropa's film "So that memory doesn't die" about the life of Krakow-born Teofila Silberring, who survived the Jewish ghetto of Krakow, and Auschwitz, with the help of others.
The first time I visited Dzialoszyce, a dusty village about 50 kilometers northeast of Krakow, an elderly woman approached as I stood with several companions, gazing at the gaping roofless ruin that had once been the town's grand synagogue.
She mumbled a few words of Yiddish in our direction, then apologized that it had been such a long time since she had spoken that language.
Krakow, Poland's historic royal capital, lives and breathes historic memory.
Its magnificent main market Square, the Rynek Glowny, serves as a vast urban living room at the heart of a medieval Old Town that rivals that of Prague.
There, each hour on the hour, day and night, a trumpeter climbs to the top of St. Mary's Basilica and plays a fanfare that is cut off abruptly in mid-note to recall a trumpeter who was killed by invading Tartars while playing the very same call to arms in 1241.
When I look at a map, I always feel that the most remote part of Poland is that little triangle of territory in the far southeast of the country that forms a wedge between Ukraine and Slovakia. It's not really that far away -- just a three or four hour drive from Krakow. But it's a fascinating part of the world at the gateway to the Carpathian mountains, a region of lush hills, rushing streams and all the bucolic beauty that goes with it, combined with a complex and often cruel history of war, strife and ethnic cleansing.