Chronicle

City Walks
August 5, 2016
On August 5, 2016 an educational project "Jewish Days at the City Hall: Communities, Milieus and States in the 20th Century Contested Cities" will end with city walks "Lemberg / Lwów / לעמבערג / Львів:LiteraryandArtPathsof a Multicultural City".

How do we find the traces of diversity and their multitude of voices in the modern streets of Lviv? How do we bring the past to the present spaces in Lviv? How do we bring back to the city a multicultural heritage lost and blurred by the terrible events of the 20th century? These are the questions we offer to the participants of the Center for Urban History summer school.

During four weeks, Master students, young researchers and practitioners from Ukraine, Poland, Russia, and Belarus, going searched for storytelling formats to relate the diverse and multicultural life in Lviv from the early 20th century until WWII. The public history format of city walks are meant to be an attempt to tell about the Lviv which no longer exists, but comes alive through links between historical and living people, places, stories, events, documents, texts, and visual materials.

The topics for city walks will cover literary and artistic Lviv between the two world wars. Lemberg / Lwów / לעמבערג / Lvov / Lviv of the first half of the 20th century was one of the most important centers of Polish culture and academia. At the same time, it is one of the most significant places of Ukrainian literature and national idea and the heart of the life and modern culture of Jews. It is the place of conflict and cooperation, hostility, indifference, and friendly relations among three communities. It is interesting to note that the literary texts of the times contain very distinct locis communis (common places), and locations common for two or all the three communities, all of which catch attention and are easy to localize within the architectonics of the city, even though they might be interpreted differently. Artistic communities of Lviv often acted on the same grounds and dealt with the same topics, while mutual hostility or mutual ignorance and neglect often affected the search for understanding and cooperation.

The participants of the school developed their own routes within the set theme. They will then offer citizens and visitors to walk along the streets of the city and see the hidden traces of the past of the city through literary environments, biographies of individual artists or men of letters and their works, imagination and memories. City walks shall invite the visitors to stop and reflect on the generations that have lived and traversed the spaces before and to think about how changes took place, who had power to make the city we now see, and who does the present erase or forget - and why? During the city walks, modern spaces of the city will turn into a place for interaction between the school participants, the past, the tour visitors and the local community.

City Walks Schedule: 

11.00 am

1.30 pm

3.30 pm

City walks will be conducted in Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, possibly Belarus. Registered participants will be informed about the meeting point via emails.

Follow the notifications and welcome to a city walk around modern/past Lviv.

Jewish Days is a public program for general audiences. It is related to two other projects of the Center for Urban History - Summer School in Jewish History and Multicultural Past, held annually since 2010, and the initiative Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Common Heritage and Responsibility (in partnership with the Lviv City Council and the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ).