Sweet Home Sweet: A Story of Survival, Memory & Returns
Mar 28 - Aug 31 2022
ul. Dajwór 18
Although the title raises an eyebrow (either we're missing something, or everyone else did), this exhibit at the Galicia Jewish Museum is dedicated to three generations of the Ores family and their evolving relationship to Poland. The story begins with Richard Ores, born in 1923 to an assimilated Jewish family, who survived the Kraków Ghetto, KL Płaszów and three other concentration camps before liberation in 1945. Emigrating to New York in 1955, he never forgot about his Polish roots and returned to PL frequently, raising money to care for Kraków's Jewish heritage sites and serving as a consultant on Schindler's List; he was also awarded many prestigious Polish honours, including the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit. His daughter Michelle is today also involved in the preservation of Kraków's Jewish heritage and her son Adam has also lived in Poland since 2017, where his work focuses on Jewish history and heritage. Through the Ores family's personal history, this exhibit explores how Holocaust memory and narratives are transmitted through the generations, and how the children and grandchildren of survivors engage with contemporary Poland. It also raises challenging questions about the relationship between ethnic Poles and Jewish survivors and their families, with the goal of understanding this relationship today.