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Krakow Ghetto Memorial in Podgorze

Last Update 4 January 2006

Design Sketch of the Memorial
Design Sketch
A new memorial monument for the murdered Jews of the Podgorze Ghetto in Krakow was inaugurated on 8 December 2005. The winning project by Krakow architects Piotr Lewicki and Kazimierz Łatak included 33 illuminated chairs (1.4 m high) in the square and 37 smaller chairs (1.2 m high) standing on the edge of the square and at the tram stops. They called their project "Nowy Plac Zgody" which means "New Concordia Square".
The fundamental symbolical idea behind the project is a stylistic representation of all the old furniture being thrown out onto the so-called Umschlagplatz at the Podgorze Ghetto, when the inhabitants of the ghetto had finally been assembled by the German SS in so-called Aktionen to be sent to death (mainly to Belzec).

31 December 2005
31 December 2005
The monument is located at Plac Bohaterów Getta (the Ghetto Heroes' Square), before 1948 known as Plac Zgody (the Concordia Square) - a name still often used locally. The chairs are the main part of the monument which includes also a marking of the former ghetto walls in the pavement, and a place to burn memorial candles (in the small building on the square).

Photographer Paul Kubisztal ( from Krakow took the remarkable photo for ARC of this new "Empty Chairs Memorial" (not an official name) on 31 December 2005.

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