Aleksander Prugar and Helena Czernek travel across Poland to find traces of mezuzahs from the pre-war homes of the country's millions of vanished Jews. They then cast these traces in bronze, with the address of the trace engraved on the side of the mezuzah. Behind each cast mezuzah is a slot for inserting a scroll. When you affix the mezuzah to your doorframe, you fill the emptiness and give it a second life. Touching the mezuzah activates a link between past and present.
This trace of a mezuzah is taken from Próżna 14i n Warsaw. In 1899, the four-storeyed tenement on Próżna 14 was built by Mayer Wolanowski, the owner of the Factory of Screws and Wires in Warsaw. Before World War II it was one of the most expensive and well recognized places in Warsaw. Próżna 14 was a luxury building equipped with flats for rent. It was richly decorated. The street itself had typically mercantile character.
In 1944, during the Warsaw Uprising, a barricade was erected between buildings number 9 and 14. Number 14 was the quarters of 9th company of “Kiliński” battalion, from where they prepared the attack of the PAST building (Polish Telephone Jointstock Company), one of the most important battles during the Warsaw Uprising.
Próżna is the only street in the area of Warsaw Ghetto that survived the war, and kept it’s original buildings. Because of this, Próżna is an important tourist destination. The trace of the mezuzah is not visible from the street. It is located inside of building – in the main hall which is permanently closed.
Size: 3 1/3-inches long, cast bronze.
Handwritten scroll from Jerusalem sold separately.
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