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Architecture of Survival
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Edited by: Mirjam Wenzel, Kuba Szreder, Natalia Romik, Alexandra Janus, Katja Janitschek
Texts by: Tim Cole, Gabriel Heim, Jonathan Hill, Alistair Hudson, Alexandra Janus, Luiza Nader, Taras Nazaruk, Natalia Romik, Kuba Szreder, Mirjam Wenzel
Contributions: Agnieszka Holland, Stanislaw Ruksza, Barbara Kirschenblatt, Mirjam Wenzel
Graphic Design: Piotr Jakoweńko
March 2024 , 148 Pages , 115 Ills.
298mm x 244mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5596-2
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The Bodily, Social and Architectural Dimensions of Survival
Approximately 50,000 Jews survived the Holocaust in occupied Poland and Ukraine, some of them using hideouts. Driven by necessity, they were forced to seek refuge in unlikely and seemingly unsuited places such as tree hollows, closets, basements or sewers–staying there for days, and sometimes even years. They are a testament to the architectural creativity of those who had to secure the basic means of sustaining life with minimal resources, without being able to radically alter the space available to them.
Architect, scholar and artist Natalia Romik has identified and studied several hideouts that still exist today. Her research, resulting in the exhibition Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival, accentuates the material and spatial dimensions of living in hiding, gathering the evidence of vernacular, architectural creativity employed under life-threatening conditions. This interdisciplinary catalogue, addresses the fundamental question of the function of architecture in relation to the history of violence and our culture of commemoration.

A graduate in political science, practitioner of architecture and artist, NATALIA ROMIK (*1983, Warsaw) received a PhD at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture in 2018. Romik has been awarded numerous grants, including the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, and the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Currently she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah in Paris. 
Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt
February 29–August 31 2024
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