Honouring organizations and initiatives for researching, preserving, and popularizing Jewish heritage
2 September 2018, 12:30
Great Session Hall
Lviv City Council
1 Rynok Sq.
This year, Lviv residents commemorate the 75th anniversary of the tragic events: the liquidation of the Ghetto and the Janowska Concentration Camp by the Nazis. The year 1943 was a year of irreversible, catastrophic changes: Jewish Lviv along with its people, synagogues, and community buildings was brutally annihilated . In the post-war years, the memory of Jewish communities in Lviv, which were integral part of the city for centuries, was vanishing in the cityscape. Preserving the memory of the city’s Jewish history and culture today is not only a challenge for today’s community of Lviv, but also an opportunity to build a societal dialogue about the past of Lviv and the vision of its future.
On September 2, at 12.30 pm, in the Great Session Hall of the Lviv City Council, the historic building of the City Hall, residents and guests of Lviv will come together to commemorate the Holocaust in Lviv, as well as to honor those who research, preserve and popularize Jewish heritage. The symbolic distinction will be an ancient synagogue key. 75 glass replicas will be awarded to representatives of cultural and academic institutions, volunteering and public organizations and individual initiatives that work with Jewish heritage in Lviv and in other cities and towns of former Galicia.
The ceremony "A Key to the City: Reclaiming the Memory of the Past" will launch the commemorative events for the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Ghetto and the Janowska Concentration Camp in Lviv, which will take place on 2 September 2018. These events will be held in different locations of the city, and they are part of the one-year program "Lwów, לעמבערג , Львів, Lemberg’43: The City that Did (not) Survive".
More information on the web site Center for Urban History
Organizers: Lviv City Council | Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes "Territory of Terror"| Center for Urban History | Charity Fund Hesed-Arieh | Lviv Organ and Chamber Music Concert Hall
Partners: Charity fund B’nai B’rith "Leopolis" | Sholem Aleichem Jewish Culture Society in Lviv | Rohatyn Jewish Heritage
Special acknowledgements go to a photographer Cristian Herrmann for offering the photographs from a series "Eastern Galicia: the Vanished World", to Olena Andronatiy, to Olha Lidovska, and to Nataliya Tolok, for their help in organizing the event.