The Mordechaj Gebirtig Memorial
It was here, in a modest courtyard apartment at 5 Berek Joselewicz Street, that Mordechaj Gebirtig – a poet, songwriter, actor, and carpenter who made his living at a furniture renovation shop – once lived with his family.
He was the bard of Jewish Kazimierz, a world which we’ve irretrievably lost.
We would like to create a place, where Gebirtig’s songs and poems will be heard and read, and where we will be telling forgotten tales about people who once lived among us.
In the first phase of the project – in this ruined basement apartment with its windows out into the street – we would like to reconstruct a furniture renovation shop and a small gallery in which we will present any and all materials we can collect about Gebirtig’s life and work.
We are searching the world over for information about the exact apartment in this building in which the Gebirtig family used to live.
Once it is located, we would like to rent it – reconstituting a modest Jewish family apartment in Kazimierz. This would be the second phase of our project – the Museum of Mordechaj Gebirtig.
In the third stage of this project, we would like to concentrate on educational and artistic activities: history lessons for pupils, workshops, contests, research projects, photo exhibits, screenings of documentaries, concerts, publications, and an annual courtyard concert “To Mordechaj on His Birthday”. Finally, we would construct and develop the www.mordechaj-gebirtig.pl website.
In this way, Mordechaj and Bluma Gebirtig with their daughters – Szyfra, Basia, and Lola – will symbolically return home to their old address.
Support us, if you can!
Any and all assistance in finding documents, letters, souvenirs, or information is worth its weight in gold; every form of financial support for our project is greatly appreciated.
Though we have managed to supply the electricity, order windows, and collect furniture, funds are still needed to fully renovate and adapt the apartment, redo the floor and the doors, update the heating and lighting, and develop the exposition.
Mordechaj Gebirtig Memorial, 5 Berka Joselewicza Street, 31-051 Kraków, Poland
Galeria 2 Światy, 14 Brzozowa Street, 31-050 Kraków, Poland