Judaica in the Collection of the National Museum in Krakow
Zakhor! – this Hebrew word is for Judaism a precept to remember and always refers to collective memory. It may therefore be said that this catalogue is not only another volume in the series of studies devoted to the collection of the National Museum in Krakow, but it is also a publication constructing remembrance and bearing testimony to history and cultural awareness. Such an understanding of this particular work is justified by one more aspect, as it presents a unique collection, whose history goes back to almost the same time as the history of the Museum itself. The opportunity to admire works of Jewish culture, experience them, is accompanied by the catalogue, which may be interpreted as a medium preventing us from forgetting the past, a kind of carrier or memory implant. The catalogue constitutes the frames of memory, an organised assemblage of scraps and reminiscences which make up not only cultural awareness, but also museum awareness.