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Sites of Jewish history in Lviv: from idea to realization 2013-07-26
This blog will be informing readers about the realization of the projects commemorating three sites of Jewish history in Lviv: “Synagogue Square”; “Besojlem Memorial Park”; and “Yanivsky Camp Memorial”. The projects were selected in an open international architectural competition, co-organized by the Lviv City Council, the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe and the German Organization for International Cooperation, the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). More information about the competition and the winning projects can be found on the “Previous Competitions” pages of this website. We invite you all to join in the debates and discussions on our blog.
Important Find 2013-08-20
A matzevah (tombstone) from the Lviv Jewish Cemetery has been discovered in the courtyard of the University for Life Safety (35 Kleparivska str.). In the course of renovation works, students of the university removed a layer of asphalt and accidentally discovered the tombstone with inscriptions in Hebrew and Polish.
Lviv hosting LvivKlezFest 2013 2013-08-13
Exhibition ''The World of the Shtetl''
On August 12 a department of the Lviv Museum for the History of Religion (37 Staroyevreiska St.) opened an exhibition, entitled “The World of the Shtetl.” The exhibition features works by the “Metamorphoses” Art Studio and a number of Ukrainian artists. Running until September 1, the exhibition is one of the events of LvivKlezFest 2013 – the annual Jewish culture festival which has become a good tradition for Lviv.
Quotations for the “Synagogues Square” memorial 2013-05-29
In addition to information plaques describing the history and architecture of the three Jewish religious buildings that used to stand on Synagogue Square, the memorial is to include a special installation on which is inscribed quotations from texts related to various aspects of the history of Lviv’s Jewish community.
“The “Synagogue Square” project should be implemented as soon as possible” – an open letter from the leaders and representatives of Lviv Jewish organizations 2013-05-03
The leaders and representative of seven Lviv Jewish organizations have signed an open letter declaring their support for the projects commemorating three sites of Jewish history in Lviv: “Synagogue Square”; “Besojlem Memorial Park”; and “Yanivsky Camp Memorial”. The letter calls attention to the openness of the architectural competition that led to the choice of these projects, the important role of public hearings, and the willingness of the signatories to continue advising and assisting the co-organizers in the projects’ realization.
Franz Reschke’s “Synagogue Square” project awarded prestigious architectural prize 2013-04-22
The "Synagogue Square" proposal by the architect Franz Reschke was one of two projects that won distinctions in the 2014 international “Deubau Preis” awards for young architects.
Initial Findings of Archaeological Excavations 2012-11-15
In the fall of 2012 the Archaeological Rescue Service of the Institute for Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, held archaeological excavations, whose goal was to find and record the traces and remains of the Beit HaMidrash, as well as to prepare proposals for the documentation for the “Synagogues Square” Project.
Excavations at Synagogue square site in L’viv 2012-10-17
From September 26, 2012 archaeological works are taking on Arsenal Square and the adjacent area on Staroevreiska Street. Identification of the precise layout of the foundations and information-gathering on the buildings of the Great Synagogue and Beth Hamidrash, both destroyed during World War II, constitutes the first step in the project of reconstructing Synagogue Square. The Synagogue Square project is designed by architect Franz Reshke (Berlin), whose concept was selected by an international jury at an open international competition in December 2010 from 35 entries.
Architect Franz Reschke’s Visit to Lviv 2011-10-30
In October, 2011, the organizers of the International Architectural Competition for Jewish Memorial Sites in Lviv invited Franz Reschke, competition winner for the “Synagogues Square” subproject, to Lviv. The aim of this visit was a detailed presentation of his project and collecting information necessary for further planning.