Europe is still grappling with its memory of the millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust and the annihilation of Jewish civilization on the European continent. “They Fill No Space” is a quote from the poem by Jerzy Ficowski “August 5 1942” in memory of Janusz Korczak – a noted educator, who was murdered in a Nazi death camp together with the Jewish children from his orphanage. These words represent a commentary on the state of contemporary Poland, where numerous heated discussions on Polish-Jewish relations are going on, although there are practically no Jews left in Poland.
The murals appear in cities in which the Jews before made up a significant portion of the population before World War II, and are created by small groups of urban activists who want to remind their fellow citizens of who their neighbors used to be, in collaboration with POLIN – the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. In Zagreb, reproductions of murals found all over Poland will be shown, which speak about the past of the Polish Jews, who represented an important part of Polish life and culture.
The exhibition will be held from 6 to 17 April in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the murals will be shown on panels divided into 12 thematic units that speak, in an accessible way, of the importance of reviving memories in public spaces.
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, Poland.
The program is co-financed with the funds of the City of Zagreb Office for Culture.