Opening ceremony of the House of I. B. Singer in Biłgoraj
On April 25th in Biłgoraj a formal opening ceremony of the House of I. B. Singer took place. The new cultural institution was founded in a reconstructed house of Jakub M. Zylberman, who was the grandfather of the Nobel Prize in Literature winner Iccok Baszewis Singer.
On April 25th in Biłgoraj a formal opening ceremony of the House of I. B. Singer took place. The new cultural institution was founded in a reconstructed house of Jakub M. Zylberman, who was the grandfather of the Nobel Prize in Literature winner Iccok Baszewis Singer. Additional splendour to the opening was added by an academic session organised by the Jewish Historical Institute of Warsaw.
During the session Emil Majuk and Witold Dabrowski from the "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre during their panel "Biłgoraj na szlaku Shtetl Routes czyli jak mogło wyglądać miasto w którym rabinem był dziadek I. B. Singera"(1) presented a digital model of Biłgoraj from the early 20th century.
During the ceremony prof. Paweł Śpiewak (the director of the Jewish Historical Institute), and Tadeusz Kuźmiński (the chairman of the Biłgoraj XXI Foundation, and the initiatior of the construction of the "Miasteczko na szlaku Kultur"(2) cultural park) both made their speeches.
There were also lectures:
"Literatura i chucpa. O życiu i twórczości Icchoka Baszewisa Singera"(3) by dr Agnieszka Żółkiewska (the Jewish Historical Institute),
"Oświata w dwudziestoleciu międzywojennym w Biłgoraju - miejsce spotkań czy rozdzielenia kultur?"(4) by dr Mirosław Tryczyk (the Jewish Historical Institute), and
"Strategie przetrwania Żydów w powiecie biłgorajskim w latach 1942-1944"(5) by Alina Skibińska (Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw, representative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum).
After the conference a solemn seder evening took place.
(1) "Biłgoraj on the Shtetl Routes, or what could the town where the rabbi was I. B. Singer's grandfather look like"
(2) "Township on the route across cultures"
(3) "Literature and chutzpah. On life and work of Icchok Baszewis Singer"
(4) "Education in the Interwar Period in Biłgoraj - place of meeting or of separation of cultures?"