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50th anniversary of March '68 - list of events

50th ANNIVERSARY OF MARCH '68

List of events organized by The Ester Rachel and Ida Kaminska Jewish Theater – Center for Yiddish Culture and Shalom Foundation.

8 March 2018 (Thursday) at 12.00; Warszawa Gdańska Train Station

This event will be held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, in the year marking the 100th anniversary of Poland's regained independence 1918-2018.

MEETING BY THE COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE AT GDAŃSKI TRAIN STATION 

and open air theatre show

“PACKED OR A SHORT STORY OF WHO FAILED TO TAKE WHAT.” 

Written and directed by: AGATA DUDA-GRACZ

On 8 March 2018, the Jewish Theatre and the Shalom Foundation will organize a meeting by the plaque at Gdański Train Station commemorating those who left Poland. A plaque featuring Henryk Gryberg quote “They left behind more than they possessed” was unveiled by the Shalom Foundation in 1998 and since then, every March 8th, March emigrants and all those who find the dramatic events of the past important, meet here, by the plaque.

Following the meeting at Gdański Train Station, which after all those years has become a symbol that reminds us of all the stations used by the March emigrants who had to leave Poland, an open air play “Packed or a Short Story of Who Failed to Take What”, written and directed by Agata Duda-Gracz, will be presented. It will be the sum of many interrupted stories. A story of what is lost, when one human fails to keep track of another human. And about all those things that cannot be taken with you. 

Organizer: Jewish Theatre in Warsaw in cooperation with the Shalom Foundation

Media patronage: TVP3 Warszawa, Gazeta Stołeczna

Celebration of the 50th anniversary of March '68 will be partnered by Polish Post. In response to the request sent by the Shalom Foundation, Polish Post will print out a commemorative greeting card with a stamp. Featuring dedicated seal and Henryk Grynberg quote “They left behind more than they possessed,” this card will be available for purchase during the meeting at Gdański Train Station.

Free admission 

 

9 March 2018 (Friday) at 19.00; Polonia Theatre, 56 Marszałkowska St.

THE OPENING OF NOTES FROM EXILE, A MONODRAMA BY SABINA BARAL 

Directed by: MAGDA UMER

The stage show has been based on the book written by Sabina Baral “Notes from Exile” (Austeria, 2015). Directed by Magda Umer, the monodrama will feature Krystyna Janda.

This project has been produced by Polonia Theatre in cooperation with the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw

 

10 March 2018 (Saturday) at 20.00; Arnold Szyfman Polski Theatre in Warsaw, 2 Karasia St.

THE OPENING OF THE SHOW “A FEW FOREIGN WORDS IN POLISH”

Directed by: ANNA SMOLAR, script and dramaturgy: MICHAŁ BUSZEWICZ  

Anna Smolar will present the show about March '68 from a completely different perspective. Born and raised in Paris, Smolar is the daughter of March emigrants; she will present a play, in which she focuses on the generation of children of those, for whom March is a common experience. Written by Michał Buszewicz, the story will base on the relations of the older generation who continues to find Poland their home country and the younger generation scattered around the world. An important contribution, this show will also base on the conversations Mike Urbaniak had in Israel, the United States and Europe.  

This is how Anna Smolar and Michał Buszewicz talk about the show: 

“We meet on the 50th anniversary of March '68 and take a look at the younger generation. Who are the children of March emigrants? What was their childhood like, how was their national, cultural and religious identity shaped? Does March continue to live inside us and is it possible that it will come out in the future generations? What does the young generation know about the past events? What do we inherit, what sort of memories, images, clichés? How much of March do we carry with us? How does the exchange between generations, whose experience is so totally different, work? Why conversation with parents about the past is something so difficult for us to undertake? 

Played also on: 11.03.2018 at 15.00 and 19.00

Stage show produced by the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw in cooperation with Arnold Szyfman  Polski Theatre in Warsaw.

Media patronage: Gazeta Stołeczna

 

15 March 2018 (Thursday) at 19.00; The Jewish Theatre in Warsaw,  35 Senatorska St.

THE OPENING OF THE MONODRAMA “IDA KAMIŃSKA” PERFORMED BY JOANNA SZCZEPKOWSKA, written and directed by: GOŁDA TENCER; music: PAWEŁ SZAMBURSKI 

Among March emigrants was the long-term artistic director of the Jewish Theatre, Ida Kamińska. She was an outstanding stage and film actress, the only Polish actress so far nominated for the Academy Award for best actress in a leading role - in the 1967 Czechoslovakian movie “Obchod na korze,” directed by Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos, in which she played a shopkeeper.

Ida Kamińska is not only an excellent actress but also a great director, who staged both Jewish and Polish as well as world plays. She translated plays and was an accomplished teacher and playwright. Her whole life, she kept organizing her theatre - at first she led traveling troupes and then, after the war, she became the director of the National Jewish Theatre in Warsaw. As a result of the anti-Semitic smear campaign in 1968, she decided to leave Poland and emigrate to the US, where she lived until her death. 

The show dedicated to the remarkable artist will bring back the memory of her. It would be impossible to exaggerate her role in the development of the art of theatre in the 20th century Poland. 

Stage show by the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw 

 

ACCOMPANYING EVENTS HELD BY THE YIDDISH CULTURE CENTER

1 March 2018 (Thursday) at 14.00; Yiddish Culture Center 15 Andersa St.

Meeting with the author, Andrzej Krakowski, dedicated to his book "Pollywood" 

“Pollywood” is a series of books dedicated to the creators of the American media industry: film, radio and television, theatre, opera, animation and advertisement, literature and education, tourism, fashion and even cosmetics. Educated in the postwar Poland, in 1968 the author shared the fate of his heroes and heroines, whom, in some cases, he managed to meet personally. Written as a non-fiction, the series called “Pollywood” is a fast-flowing description of how the divisions and blind hatred in one country can become creative medium building wealth in other country. 

 

6 March 2018 (Tuesday) at 13.30; Yiddish Culture Center 15 Andersa St.

“Leopold Trepper, Head of TSKŻ (Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland) about March 1968,” lecture by Katarzyna Markusz

Leopold Trepper was a war hero, spy, journalist and head of Jidysz Buch publishing house. He also chaired the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland. In 1967 and later in 1968, he had to face anti-Jewish actions carried out by the Polish authorities. During the meeting we will focus on his activity and response to the requirements of the communist party in Poland.

 

9 March 2018 (Friday) at 17.00; Yiddish Culture Center 15 Andersa St.

“From far and from close-up.” Meeting with Maria Stauber. Hosted by Remigiusz Grzela. Fragments of the text written by Maria Stauber will be read by Ernestyna Winnicka, actress of the Jewish Theatre.

 

14 March 2018 (Wednesday) at 17.30; Yiddish Culture Center 15 Andersa St.

Film show:

- “Perecowicze” – directed by Sławomir Grünberg, based on the idea of Gołda Tencer. A story of the graduates of ‎Łódź's I.L. Perec School

- “Travel Document” – directed by Gołda Tencer. A record of interviews with March emigrants 

 

18 March 2018 (Sunday) at 16.00; Yiddish Culture Center 15 Andersa St.

 “Yiddish in Post-War Poland” - open meeting with Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota, Magdalena Ruta, Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov. Hosted by Piotr Paziński.

  

ZICHROJNES PROJECT IN WARSAW'S SCHOOLS

Two Warsaw's High Schools - A. Fredro High School and Krzysztof Kieślowski Cinematographic and Computer Technical High School will carry out a project called Zichrojnes (Yiddish: memories) – aimed at creating Warsaw's map of sentimental places of March emigrants. For one month, the students will have meetings with March emigrants and those, who stayed in Poland. Young people will be asking questions, such as: what was their youth in Warsaw like, which places were particularly important for them and why; how to store memories, how to protect them from oblivion, how to save and keep your element of youthfulness, good memories, remembrance, community, longing; how did their lives change after March '68? The outcome of the conversations and walks will be a sentimental map of emigrants, interviews, films and an exhibition.

The partner of the project Zichrojnes is Śródmieście District Council of the Capital City of Warsaw.