8.09. - 3.10.2017

Exhibition "They fill no space - Reviving the memory of Polish Jews in public spaces"

POLIN Museum in cooperation with HL-senteret present an innovative outdoor exhibition about the history of Polish Jews, for first time in the history illustrated with images of murals referring to Jewish themes and commemorating the country’s Jewish past.  The title of the exhibition – They fill no space - stands as a commentary on the situation in contemporary Poland, where heated discussions about Polish–Jewish relations abound, even though there are hardly any Jews left. 

Oslo, 8th September – 3rd October 2017 

After 2000, dozens of exceptional large-format paintings were done in Polish cities to commemorate Polish Jews. Most of them were conceived as a way of filling the empty space caused by the absence of Jews from the Polish landscape. They are also a type of revolt against inaction, long years of repressing Jewish presence from Polish consciousness, forgetting it and passing it over in silence. They are the work of small groups of urban activists who want to remind their fellow residents of their former Jewish neighbours. Thanks to these large-format images millions of Poles encounter the absent Jews on a daily basis, whether they want to or not. 

The exhibition  presents a selection from the 100 worth seeing murals we found all over Poland. In the dozen several theme sections we want to bring close a fascinating story of reviving the memory of Polish Jews in public spaces. 

Opening: 7th September 2017, HL-senterent, Huk Aveny 56, 0287 Oslo 

Cooperation: The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities


Find out more on www.hlsenteret.no >>

Contact: jstefek@polin.pl




In order to extent and strengthen our cooperation and broaden its effects, together with Falstad Memorial And Human Rights Center, The European Wergeland Center, The Center For Studies Of The Holocaust And Religious Minorites and Jewish Museum Oslo we decided to carry out ten new valuable activities in December 2016 – October 2017. The activities are addressed mostly to young people, teachers and other educational “multipliers” of our mission, such as civil society activists. By those activities we want to empower learners to be active citizens and help better prepare young people for life in today’s diverse society.  Very important role plays encouraging the adult participants from both countries to share their knowledge and experience and strengthen their resolve to fight xenophobia and build attitudes of respect for people of different ethnic and religious background. We are deeply convinced that the experience and conclusions stemming from the history of Polish Jews are still relevant and helpful in understanding today’s world. In order to fulfil our mission we plan a dozen several  world class activities including seminars, workshops, study visit, digital projects, conference and exhibition.

Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the Norway and EEA Grants and co-financed by the Polish funds.