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2012 Outstanding International Project the museum of the history of Polish Jews By Wlodzimierz Czajka ian 85 ft (26 m) high wall with an approximate destroyed. After the war, remnants of a nearlytragedy upon the Jews of Poland. The Holocaustleft the Polish Jewish community all butn 2012, SPB TORKRET Ltd completed aunique shotcrete project in Warsaw, Poland— surface area of 65,000 ft2 (6000 m2). The wall was extinguished Jewish presence in Poland still designed by Professor Rainer Mahlamäki. The lingered. A renewal began and continues today. three-dimensional (3-D), curvilinear wall symbol- The ongoing rich, thousand-year history of izes the Red Sea parting for the Hebrews’ exodus Polish Jews and its impact on Poland today from Egypt, and it forms the main spatial element resulted in the decision to create an MHPJ in for the interior of the Museum of the History of Warsaw, Poland. Polish Jews (MHPJ) (refer to Fig. 1 and 2). In January 2005, the city of Warsaw, the Polish Not that long ago, Poland was the center of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Jewish Diaspora and the home of the largest Jewish the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute community in the world. Jewish settlements were of Poland signed an agreement establishing a joint established on Polish soil as early as the end of the cultural institution—the MHPJ. This historical 10th century. Jews came to call Poland their home. event was made possible thanks to the voluntary For centuries, Jewish cultural and religious traditions involvement of many individuals and institutions. thrived. During the inter-war period, Poland was Among others, Aleksander Kwasniewski, the inhabited by 3 to 3.5 million Jews and had one of former President of Poland, offered his patronage the biggest Jewish communities in Europe. In over the Museum and Shimon Peres, the then- Warsaw alone, Polish Jews comprised almost one- Prime Minister of Israel and current President, third of the population. became the Chairman of the Museum’s Interna- Polish Jews were experiencing what some tional Honorary Committee. On June 30, 2005, called another Golden Age. World War II brought The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute Fig. 2: “Dammed waves” of the walls in the Fig. 1: “Waving” of the curvilinear wall lobby-hall area 12 Shotcrete • Winter 2013


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