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13 December 2018
14 December 2018
  The Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre — Chamber Stage

Directed by:

Remigiusz Brzyk


Tomasz Śpiewak


125 min.


65 / 40

The authors return to the question of the pogrom of July 1946 that had Kielce enter the pages of world history in the most negative light, and still remains a dark spot in the history of the city.

Those who survived the Holocaust, whether in the camps, in hiding or in exile returned to Kielce after the Second World War or just made the city another stop on their road to the Promised Land. The rumour of a Polish boy kidnapped by the Jewish community was the spark that flashed in their reality undermined with tensions, prejudices, and the desire for blind revenge and aggression. The crowd together with uniformed police perpetrated a crime and 40 Jews fell victims to it.

This play would never be written without the invaluable book by Professor Joanna Tokarska-Bakir “Pod klątwą”, who confronted myths and stereotypes with historical truth. She proved that the pogrom occurred in the face of indifference of the clergy and resentments of the former underground fighters now wearing the uniforms of the police forces, Secret Service, and the People’s Army of Poland. Anti-Semitism proved the key.

Instead of creating a typical historical reconstruction, Remigiusz Brzyk puts the actors of the Kielce Theatre into the roles of members of a tour visiting the museum of the pogrom, situated in the place were Jews took shelter after the war.

Step after step, in an aura charged with mournful and helpless reflexion, he confronts us with the painful facts. They are naturally aligned with the history of Kielce, but also of the plays and events in the Kielce Theatre that were a particular commentary to the pogrom, and were also directly connected to it.

The apparently peaceful rhythm and the low-key character of the tale is like a silent cry of despair and shame after what happened in 1946, and what in a paradox of history is returning rather than receding, as if triggered by some curse. Because, as much as we hate it, history favours making tragic returns.


Reżyseria: Remigiusz Brzyk

Tekst: Tomasz Śpiewak

Scenografia i kostiumy: Iga Słupska i Szymon Szewczyk

Muzyka: Szymon Szewczyk


Anna Antoniewicz, Dagna Dywicka, Magda Grąziowska, Ewelina Gronowska, Joanna Kasperek, Bartłomiej Cabaj, Janusz Głogowski, Edward Janaszek,, Wojciech Niemczyk, Andrzej Plata, Łukasz Pruchniewicz, Dawid Żłobiński