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Matzevot for Everyday Use – Łukasz Baksik’s photography in MEK

The exhibition is presented in the frame of 21st Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków. Open till 14th August.
Nobody really knows how many matzevot were there before the World War II at the 1,200 Jewish cemeteries in Poland? During the World War II the Nazi occupants used matzevot to pave the courtyards of their new buildings, to lay roads or erect walls. Poles continued this infamous practice after the war. Łukasz Baksik – the author of the photos – found contemporary examples of this proceder. So far, he took 1700 photos illustrating the usage of matzevot – to line a water pool for fire fighters, a railway embankment or a riverbank. He found great many of grinding wheels made of matzevot, many of them still bearing Hebrew inscriptions. This shocking reality kept by documental photos is a part of bigger project of recovering the matzevot and taking them back to where they belong: to cemeteries. Exhibition organized with Uptown Foundation ( Tickets: 3 zł
  • Program regionalny
  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013