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From Shtetl to “Post-Jewish Town”: Opatów through the Eyes of Mayer Kirshenblatt

"Purim Play: The Kraków Wedding", c. 1994 by Mayer Kirshenblatt. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Collection of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Gift of the Kirshenblatt family.
March 27, 2024 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Speakers Speakers

The Toronto Holocaust Museum is proud to present this exclusive opportunity from POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.Millions of Jews in Eastern Europe once lived in towns, shtetlekh, where they created a vibrant Jewish way of life. Today, these shtetlekh are “post-Jewish” towns. Not a single Jew remains. This illustrated lecture juxtaposes the paintings of Toronto artist Mayer Kirshenblatt, who recalls his vivid childhood in Poland before the Holocaust, with the “post-Jewish” town that his birthplace, Opatów (Apt in Yiddish), has become. Join the Toronto Holocaust Museum and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews for a chance to unpack this unique history through the lens of art and architecture.


Dr. Natalia Romik is a public historian, architect, and artist. Her work focuses on Jewish memory and Holocaust commemoration in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland and Ukraine. She has collaborated as a curator and exhibition designer at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She is a winner of the 2022 Dan David Prize, the largest prize in the field of history in the world.


Date & Time

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM




Leah Posluns Theatre

4588 Bathurst Street

In the Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Family Cultural Pavilion, in the Sheff Family Building

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