March 2017 the seminar of Memorial Sites of Eastern and Western Europe took already for the 17th time place in Krzyżowa. This year´s meeting was dealing with “Forgotten History”: Historical places, names and events that are not yet part of collective memory or have just recently become part of it. Together with more than 50 colleagues from 14 countries (stretching from Albania and Belarus to Estonia and Peru) discussions were held on how our societies deal with “forgotten history” and broad variety of projects that try to remember such events, names and places were presented.
In three blocks each participant had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their relationship to the topic in 2 minutes in front of a self-chosen photo. In these blocks one characteristic of the memorial meeting became very clear: that all participants are also speakers.
Until the end of April, an exhibition devoted to Harry Count Kesseler will be on display in Krzyżowa. The exhibition is open to the public and has been made available on the site by the Palace.
The exhibition devoted to the life and work of Count Harry Kessler shows the turbulent life of this colorful character based on selected themes. Count Harry Kessler was not only the first German deputy in reborn Poland in 1918 - he was also a great lover of art and literature. In addition to personalities from the world of politics, he also maintained contacts with many artists and writers. His diaries and letters from the field post office are important accounts of a witness to historical events.
The exhibition was made available thanks to the Consulate General of Germany in Wrocław.
The exhibition is available in Polish and German.
As in Krzyżowa, there is also a cross of nails in Würzburg, actually even three of them are hosted in this german city. One of them is a "moving cross", which has been brought to another place every year since 2001, moving always on the day of the destruction of Würzburg during the Second World War. The hosting place can thereby be a parish, an institution or a quarter, so the cross was already in a correctional facility, is now with the catholic association Kolping and will be handed overt to the Chamber of Crafts on Saturday 16 March.
On the same day this year the St. Johannis Church in the immediate vicinity of the Chamber of Crafts is declared a memorial against war and violence. On this occasion the presidents of the chambers of crafts of Danzig and Calvados, Wiesław Szajda and Jean-Marie Bernard were invited to Würzburg.
Time flies and by now the re-encounter of the pupils from Israel and Poland has already ended. Their meetings, first in Haifa and now in Krzyżowa, were possible within the framework of the project „A living bridge Haifa-Dzierżonów”, financially supported by the polish ministry of national education. Having met first in Haifa, in Ocober, the participants came now to Krzyżowa. Here the students dealt intensively with the interwoven history of Israel and Poland, guided by the trainers of Krzyżowa Foundation.
One of the main topics were this year´s anniversaries: 70 years Israel and 100 years of polish independence. The program offered occasions to discuss cultural heritage and jewish life past and present in Lower Silesia. During the visit in Wroclaw christian and jewish traditions were experienced: enjoying the colourful Christmasmarket and taking part in the Hanukkah candle lighting in front of the Stork Synagogue.