The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Warsaw Rising Museum together with the Warsaw Critical Mass invite to a bicycle tour – Critical Mass 1943 – commemorating the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. This event is an unconventional and unique way of paying homage to participants of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943), the first urban uprising in occupied Europe during World War II.
For the last six years, the Warsaw Rising Museum has been organising an alternative and highly popular homage to the insurgents of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 – the Uprising Critical Mass. This year a similar event will be held to commemorate the 70. anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The route of the cycling event will lead through places connected with the history of Warsaw Jewry – Muranów and the area around Grzybowski Square. For this journey, one should be equipped with a helmet and a high-visibility jacket and, most importantly, with imagination that will allow to see the “invisible city”, hidden under the walls of post-war buildings. The annihilation of the Warsaw Ghetto was a crime against humanity, but likewise a crime against the city. Virtually the whole city quarter, the buildings, layout and atmosphere of Nalewki, Nowolipki or Muranowski Square, ceased to exists. What remains is the memory of insurgents fighting for the honour of their people. We do not want to focus on what is gone and cannot be restored but on the universal and general aspect of the fight for freedom and humanity.
During the tour, places which form the centre of Jewish culture in Warsaw will be highlighted. Participants will see, for example, the Jewish Historical Institute, formerly located close to the Great Synagogue (the synagogue was destroyed in 1943 and its place is today occupied by the so called "Blue Tower Plaza"), the Nożyk Synagogue or the seat of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland. The final stop of the tour will be the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which symbolically unites the past, the present and the future, similarly as the Critical Mass 1943 does.
In order to participate in the cycling event, please register at www.1944.pl/rejestracja (registration starts at April 2 and is open until all places have been filled). On the day of the event, 100 places will be available for those who did not register.
Organisers: Warsaw Rising Museum, The Museum of the History of Polish News, Warsaw Critical Mass, Stefan Starzyński Institute.
Warsaw Rising Museum
79 Grzybowska Street, 00-844 Warszawa
tel. + 48 22 539 79 74 | mobile 510 290 057
The starting point: Warsaw Uprising Museum.