Shtetl Routes. Vestiges of Jewish cultural heritage in cross-border tourism in borderland of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine

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A stroll through Siemiatycze

A stroll through Siemiatycze

Good Day :)

            I am glad that it's me that you've decided to go on a stroll through Siemiatycze with. Coincidentally, I am a tour guide with the IT Point in Siemiatycze, and I've been documenting and promoting the history of Jews from Siemiatycze for the past several years. In short, you are lucky to have come across me, and it's great that today's Thursday. If you're ready for the tour, let's go!

            To avoid getting hungry during the trip, I recommend going to the PSS shop on the main square of the town, where we can buy a Siemiatycze matzo. Yes, indeed, it is a kind of bread available here in Siemiatycze. Did you know that the sole surviving matzo-producing machine comes from Siemiatycze and is currently held in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw?

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Chest-makers from Siemiatycze

Chest-makers from Siemiatycze

E. Fryś-Pietraszkowa, „Udział rzemieślników żydowskich w kulturze wsi. Materiały”, Polska Sztuka Ludowa - Konteksty 1989 t. 43 z. 1-2. Translation by Wojciech Szwedowski.

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In the footsteps of painters

In the footsteps of painters

In the footsteps of painters route aims to teach about a rich and diverse culture of shtetls by presenting the painters that lived there, as well as their body of work.

The route painters presents the changes in art which took place on the break of the 19th and 20th century. For a large group of painters the descent was hardly irrelevant, and throughout their artistically active years they referenced the places and circles in which they grew up. They painted townships, and alleys of Jewish streets, praying Jews and other scenes depicting the life of Jewish population. It was not a dominant theme, however. Painters conducted their own artistic searches, and many of them were influenced by various European styles and movements, especially the École de Paris circles. The majority of this artistic group came from shtetls, and some of them, thanks to their talent, hard work and determination became world-class artists contributing to the artistic environments in Paris, London or New York.

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Siemiatycze - guidebook

Siemiatycze - guidebook

Ukr. Сім'ятичі, Bel. Семятычы, Yid. סעמיאַטיטש

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