Sites and Sounds: Auditory Components into the Memorialization of the Plazsow WWII Forced Labor/Concentration Camp
From Heidi Bidner
Karolina Ozog works on Jewish historical sites at the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Recently, she has been working with her colleagues to memorialize Concentration Camp Plaszow, located in a southern suburb of Kraków on the grounds of two former Jewish cemeteries. Between October 1942 and January 1945, more than 30,k000 people were imprisoned there and approximately 5,000 were murdered. After World War II, the territory was not commemorated and remained an unfenced, open public space. At the moment, it serves as local park and is taken over by ubiquitous nature and social leisure activities. The Historical Museum of the City of Krakow is currently engaged in a large-scale project to commemorate the entire site while maintaining free entry. In this presentation, Ms. Ozog will discuss how sound is being utilized in the development of the memorial site. She will explain how and why visitors to Plaszow will be invited to listen to auditory components that include historical music as well as ambient sounds related to the physical attributes of the site.