Agata Radkowska-Parka

A graduate of history, guide, activist of the „Well of Memory“ Association and a coworker of „Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre“ Centre. Since 2009 she has been professionally involved in the tourist industry, as a competent organizer and coordinator of hundreds of trips and study tours to sites in Poland and Ukraine. As part of ROOTKA, Agata is the one who is responsible for the logistical side of our trips. Privately she has a sentimental weakness for Ukraine, where she lived for a year and where she keeps on going back, to discover something new each time. 

Joanna (Asia) Krauze

A graduate in political science, Jewish studies and psychology of social communication, Lubliner of her heart's choice, educator and guide of her vocation, passion and sense of duty. She is a member of the „Well of Memory“ Association, coworker of „Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre“ Centre. She was granted a scholarship of MFA of Israel, and so she conducted part of her studies in Tel Aviv. On daily basis Asia works as culture manager, realizing educational projects, dealing mainly with the multicultural history of Lublin Region, as well as with cultural education and communication. In her spare time, she works on her Ph.D. dissertation on the impact of the collective memory of the Holocaust on Polish-Israeli political relations. 

Tal Schwartz

Born in 1987 in Jerusalem, Israel. She graduated from Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem, specializing in communication and photography. She is a certificated guide of Jerusalem and the Judea area, where she guided many various groups and individual tourists. Tal volunteered in „Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre“ Centre in Lublin, where she worked as an educator and a guide for the Center's exhibition. Ever since her experience here, Lublin is her second home. She continues to cooperate with Grodzka Gate Center, being involved in the research of a prewar glass negative collection, found in the old town of Lublin. In her work as a guide, Tal combines her educational experience with her passion to photography.

Alon Benach

An educator and a language teacher. He is a guide, working in the field of Jewish history and culture in the Lublin Region, interested in promoting intercultural communication and learning. Alon has a rich educational experience from his years of working in the field – in schools, youth clubs and as a region coordinator at the Israeli youth movement "Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed". Alon has recently moved to Poland and is a student of English studies at UMCS.

alon.rootka@gmail.com

PARTNERS:

Teresa Klimowicz

An activist, philosopher and historian from Lublin, she graduated from Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm, and Hochschule fur Judische Studien in Heidelberg and obtained a PhD in philosophy in Lublin. She is a leader and a trainer for Holocaust and Jewish heritage education in the "Well of Memory" Association. She works as a researcher at "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Center. Her interests include politics, policy of memory and representation of the Holocaust in contemporary art.

Tadeusz Przystojecki

An archivist and historian, since 2003 he is cooperating with „Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre“ Centre, where he is involved in the project „Lublin 43 000“, documenting information about members of the prewar Jewish community of Lublin. Tadeusz is conducting a genealogy research of the Jews of Lublin region, the former Kingdom of Poland and west Galicia. The chronological range of his survey is between 1800 and 1950. Through his research he works not only on documented sources, but he also meets with former residents of the region and their descendants.

Krzysztof Banach

 A historian, museologist, genealogist and guide. He is the head of the Exhibition Department at the State Museum in Majdanek, Lublin. He worked in (and still cooperates with) several museums and cultural institutions dedicated to WW II subject-matter, Jewish history and culture, multiculturality, etc. He is a guide and an educator specialized in Jewish history with particular interest in the Holocaust period. He is mostly active in Eastern Poland (Lublin, Zamosc, Bialystok, Kielce and Rzeszow regions) and usually combines guiding with genealogical research, historical interviews and other types of "field work".  

Ewa Koper

A graduate of history, a guide and an educator, on a daily basis she works in the Museum-Memorial Site in Belzec. She is involved in archival research, education and promotion of knowledge about WWII and the Holocaust. She is the author of the album “Every victim has a name”, a result of several years of work, attempting to restore the identity of the victims of Belzec death camp. Ewa's greatest passion is meeting and talking with the people themselves – for years she has been involved in the recording of historical witnesses' testimonies, especially in the context of Polish-Jewish relations in the 20th c.

Łukasz Myszala

A graduate of history and museology, guide and archivist. Since 2007 an employee of the State Museum at Majdanek involed in guiding, training guides and organisation of visitor service. Currently working in the Archives Department providing information to researchers and members of families of victims of Holocaust. Specialising in World War II and Holocaust, mainly in the area of Lublin region and surroundings. Doing also genealogical researches and coordinates visits of filming groups. Enjoys finding forgotten places and traces of the past as well as working with the groups. Experienced driver.

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