The Ghetto Heroes Square Krakow Reviews
sad square May 15, 2015
There are hundreds of Holocaust Memorials found in different cities in the world. One of which is; The Ghetto Heroes Square located in the city's Podgorze district in Krakow, Poland. The square formerly called; Plac Zgody means, the Concord Square.
In this cobbled stone plaza, are seventy empty tall chairs, symbols of Jews’ belongings (chairs in particular) left on the grounds during their deportation to exterminating camps in 1943. Also, according to Wikipedia, each chair represents the one thousand Jews deported to Auschwitz from this ghetto area.
Although, this is now a public square, it doesn’t seem to attract a lot of people, nor it is an attractive plaza to hang out. Instead, it has this sad and lonely atmosphere especially with the images of empty chairs scattered around.
The architects who designed the memorial are locals of Krakow (Lewicki and Latak.) They intended to make this square looked the way it is so that every person who stop by or sees the square will not forget what happened in that exact place. Hopefully, the tragic fate of the Jewish people will not happen again. The two architects' inspiration for the design was the account in the book written by Tadeusz Pankiewics; who wrote in detailed of the day-to-day life of the Jews and their last days in the Ghetto.
For those who like visiting Holocaust Memorials, this is a unique one. And for those who are into "street photography," the square is poignant yet photogenic. ~
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