5. Warsaw: "Around Us a Sea of Fire" Exhibition Ticket
Learn about Warsaw's WWII history with this ticket to the temporary exhibition "Around Us a Sea of Fire" at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews which was organized in cooperation with the Holocaust Research Center to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Experience the moving stories of the remaining inhabitants of the ghetto, the approximately 50,000 civilian Jewish people that spent many weeks hiding in shelters and bunkers. Against the despair, loneliness, starvation, thirst and fear, they fought for each and every day, hour, and minute.
Reflect on their quiet resistance, which was just as important as the resistance of those with guns in their hands. Find out how they hid underground and thus refused to comply to German orders. Explore the story of the "invisible" ones that is retold in this exhibition.
See what daily life in a bunker was like and hear about the conditions in the shelters and hideouts. Learn about the people who shared them and how they coped with their daily routines and basic physiological needs.
Visit a recreation of the physical reality of being confined to a bunker: the darkness, the heat coming from burning buildings, the deficit of space and air, and the sounds that were often the only way to find out what was happening on the ground level.
Immerse yourself in the relations developing between the people who hid together, on their feelings and emotions. Dive into the conflict created by these conditions, the fear, panic attacks, lack of hope, and the feeling of being abandoned, of the world’s indifference, and of a life forsaken.
Experience the craving for love and intimacy, the urge to act and take responsibility for others, the lust for life, the will to save oneself and one’s nearest and dearest, and opposing evil thorugh the building of a community whose members supported and protected.
The exhibition is devoted to a time in history and to the events that took place, and yet it will touches upon the dilemmas, attitudes and feelings. It poses questions that remain vital in today’s world. Like, how do we behave in the face of death? Where is the line between struggling to survive and surrendering?
Ask questions like, what do people feel when they are excluded from society and experience indifference or disdain? Many people in the ghetto described themselves as "drowning," devoid of any hope for a rescue.
Take a deep dive into questions that still resonate today, like how do we oppose evil, how do we combat it, what is indifference and where does it lead us, and do we feel ashamed when we witness the suffering of others?