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Places of Remembering and Forgetting
The Jewish Cemetery on Gwarna / Claassenstrasse in Wroclaw, Poland

Agnieszka Jablonska & Stephen Falk

The 18th century former Jewish cemetery located on Gwarna Street in Wroclaw, Poland, once known as the jüdischer Friedhof an der Claassenstrasse in the German city of Breslau, is a site with a complex history that intersects and overlaps with Jewish, German and Polish narratives. The presentation focuses on contemporary efforts of protection and commemoration of the cemetery site within the project called Places of Remembering and Forgetting, as well as efforts to place those buried there back into the context of their family and the Breslau Jewish community as a whole. The project employs the mechanisms of civic engagement and dialogue-building to work through tensions around the revitalization and commemoration of the burial site in Poland.

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