Exhibition in Warsaw brings to light unearthed artefacts from World War II Jewish ghetto

A new exhibition in the Polish capital, Warsaw, tells the poignant story of the Jews who lived, loved, and died during the Second World War. 

From a child’s burnt shoe to shattered kitchenware, the exhibit hosted at the Kordegarda gallery in partnership with the Warsaw Ghetto Museum, features rare and recently discovered artefacts from the wartime Jewish district, known as the Warsaw Ghetto. 

This exhibition, titled ‘Memory 1943’, coincides with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when Jewish fighters revolted against Nazi German terror.

“Warsaw is not just one city, but two: one that we see, and another one down there, underground,” co-curator Jacek Konik says. 

“And these are, so to speak, voices from the buried city, calling from beneath our feet,” he adds. 

Konik led excavations at a site adjacent to the bunker where Mordechaj Anielewicz, the leader of the uprising, and his comrades committed mass suicide. 

The Kordegarda gallery’s exhibition presents an array of everyday objects from the Warsaw Ghetto, including a burnt child’s shoe, a shattered pram, and broken kitchenware, offering visitors a profound insight into the lives of the Jews who endured the horrors of antisemitism and war. 


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