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The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising in the Białystok ghetto

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising in the Białystok ghetto. The central part of the ceremonies have been scheduled for 12 noon, 16 August, and will be held at the Monument of Ghetto Heroes at Mordechaj Tennebaum square. The participants will precede by placing flower wreaths at the Monument of the Great Synagogue, on Suraska Street, at 11 am, and thirty minutes afterwards candles will be kindled at the entrance gate of the ghetto, at the corner of Malmeda and Białówny Streets. Sirens will resound on Friday afternoon. Białystok will commemorate the dramatic events of 1943 with a minute of silence.


Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic has prepared a special programme for this occasion. It will be inaugurated by the opening of the exhibition about the archives of the Warsaw ghetto and related testimonies at 5 pm. It will be followed by a meeting promoting books about the Holocaust. At 7 pm, III Symphony ‘Kaddish’ by Leonard Bernstein will be played. The first day of the ceremonies will end with a concert by the Shofar band at 8:30 pm. The musicians Raphael Rogiński, Mikołaj Trzaska and Macio Moretti will perform traditional Jewish songs combined with free jazz. On 17 August, from 4-7 pm, Tomasz Wiśniewski’s films ‘Byliśmy, jesteśmy, będziemy. Potomkowie białostockich Żydów w poszukiwaniu swoich korzeni’ will be screened. The admission to all events is free. Free tickets for the symphonic concert may be collected at the box office.

The Podlasie Museum has designed a ‘We Were Here’ exhibition, which is displayed in the City Hall, public space and at OiFP. The exhibition will be accompanied by educational workshops. The admission is free.

The Ludwik Zamenhof Centre has organised a lecture about ghetto songs and a concert of Jewish songs from 1939-1945 (16 August, 6 and 7 pm). The Ślendziński Gallery and the Military Museum invite you to a promotion of the book entitled ‘Kres świata białostockich Żydów’ (17 August, 6 pm, Military Museum – Muzeum Wojska). The Białystok Cultural Centre has the pleasure of inviting you to Lena Piękniewska’s concert (17 August, 8 pm, Kościuszki market square). The ceremonies are accompanied by an exhibition at the Ślendziński Gallery and branch office, no. 6 of Książnica Podlaska, where books about the uprising in the ghetto are displayed. Free entrance.