The Great Warsaw Synagogue will symbolically return to the Bankowy Square. Join us for a stunning light and sound show.

The Open Republic Association will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising with a multimedia event created by the artist Gabi von Seltmann.

On the night of 19th April, of the anniversary of the Uprising, the image of the synagogue rising from the rubble will appear on the wall of the Blue Skyscraper which was constructed on its site.The Great Synagogue,destroyed by the Germans after the fall of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, will be symbolically reconstructed through image, sound and emotion.

„May rememberance and ליבע (love) overcome destruction and death”

Archival recordings of the cantor of the Great Synagogue, Gerszon Sirota, who died in the Warsaw ghetto, and fragments of the poem “Bashert”, read by its author, Irena Klepfisz, daughter of Michał, Bund activist, a soldier of the Jewish Combat Association, will be played during the ceremony.

The performance will last six minutes (the sequence will be repeated from 9:00 to11:00 pm CET.)

The event will be broadcast live at

Description of project
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Director and concept creator – Gabi von Seltmann
Sound collage – Marcin Lenarczyk
Visual design and animation – Elwira Wojtunik, Popesz Csaba Láng / Elektro Moon Vision
Video and sound realization – CA Visual, Piotr Konieczny with the team
Archival pictures – The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute and The Warsaw
Rising Museum

The Open Republic Association Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia

The Project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw.

The Jewish Historical Institute Association in Poland

Andrzej and Malgorzata Rojek
Irene Kronhill Pletka and the Kronhill Pletka Foundation
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Museum of History of Polish Jews POLIN
Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
The Jewish Community of Warsaw
JCC Warsaw
Hillel Warsaw