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Celebration Time in Polish and European folklore - the permament exhibition; Judaic Annex

Michał Przeździk

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

Before World War 2, celebrations took place in thousands of Jewish families in countless cities, towns and villages. That’s the reason for which the exhibition „Celebration Time” is accompanied with a Judaic Annex. It is impossible to explain how colorful these celebrations were without evoking the memory of at least one of these places. In the annex we present Gąbin (Gombin in the Ashkenazi spelling), a town in the Mazovia region, a birthplace of a renown 17th century rabbi Abraham Gombiner and an Yiddish poet Rajzel Zychlinsky. A visitor can watch an amateur black-and-white film shot by Sam Rafel in 1939, showing the town and its citizens. We present also a model of a wooden synagogue burnt in 1939, made by Wojciech Wasilewski. When entering the annex, one must pass an original, renovated sukkah from the town of Szydłowiec (the Mazovia region). The sukkah is from the collection of the Museum of History of Polish Jews POLIN.

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  • Title: Celebration Time in Polish and European folklore - the permament exhibition; Judaic Annex
  • Creator: Michał Przeździk

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