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Płock sukkah in museum

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw has saved a sukkah from Płock. After renovation, the item will become a museum exhibit.

A few pre-war sukkot have been preserved in Płock's tenement buildings. They are mostly in a very poor condition. The condition of an impressive sukkah in the building at 18a Królewiecka St. was exactly the same. The non-protected wood was rotting, with wild pigeons nesting inside.


photo by Krzysztof Bielawski / POLIN   

In 2014, Płock social activists made appeals to protect the sukkah. Unfortunately, they failed to obtain funds for renovation.

The director of the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, Adam Czyżewski, got interested in the decaying sukkah last autumn. He agreed with the building's owner and the conservation officer that the sukkah would be moved to the Ethnographic Museum where after conservation it would become part of its permanent exhibition. The dismantling of the sukkah started on 21 February 2017.

"Now the time has come for further stages: conservation, reconstruction (the irreversible damage is huge), display project and, finally, the construction of the exhibition," said Adam Czyżewski.


photo by Krzysztof Bielawski / POLIN   

Let us stress that the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw already displays a sukkah from Szydłowiec that has been deposited by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

About a hundred sukkot have survived across Poland and their number has been decreasing every year. Let us hope that the Płock example becomes an inspiration for other museums to take similar action.

Krzysztof Bielawski