Social mobilisation against dictators
This is the view shared by all those with whom we are beginning to build this place - Poles, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Russians, Lithuanians, Crimean Tatars, Armenians, Chechens and others coming together - opponents of the war and the regimes who are capable of seeing the challenges our peoples will face immediately after this war. narody staną natychmiast po wojnie.
Peace and law for Eastern Europe
The hosts of the planned activities and events will be (on a partnership basis) those national communities, present in Poland on a permanent or temporary basis, which adopt common principles, stemming from the main objective which is guidance for peace and freedom. The systemic dialogue - which serves to close accounts from the past as well as those newly opened or reinforced by the war - is intended to serve the post-war understanding in Europe.
Crucial conversations about the past, the present and the future
We have already started meeting in a common space in the 'national parallel cycles' - respecting sensitivities, sometimes distrust or lack of readiness for even symbolic gestures of communication. But there are already joint Ukrainian-Russian meetings around the most difficult topics - the most painful present.
We understand that there is a long way to go - but you have to start....
There will be a specialist library in Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian and other Eastern European languages, and such an archive of documents relevant to understanding our region's past. Resources will be created collaboratively - as the Show-Window becomes more active. All participants will benefit in the future from an on-site reading room for physical and digital collections.
It is intended to be an outpost that combines a general lesson for the public in the history of the 20th/21st century - in the context of the process flowing from geopolitical enslavement to independent existence, from collective subjection to self-determination, from a totalitarian system to democracy - with social mobilisation in the face of the ongoing war and repression in the East.
We need your help - apart from will and determination, we lack almost everything: the equipment necessary for multilingual meetings (simultaneous translation), a projector for films (and the possibility of darkening the premises equipped with shop-windows), air-conditioning (its absence was felt by the participants of the launching meetings), mobile shelving (necessary to accommodate the vast collections), equipment for the reading room, including computers (Internet and intranet access for sensitive documents), exhibition equipment, the means to run the premises and to recruit a team that will make the Centre accessible seven days a week, all day long, to organise debates, shows, lectures, concerts, meetings...
During the summation of the 40th anniversary of KARTA's activities, on 10 October 2022, Professor Antoni Dudek made an appeal to support the activities of the Eastern House Show-Window. Thus, he initiated a public collection, which is being conducted under the auspices of the KARTA Centre Foundation. The aim is to raise funds for equipment and the first year of operation of the Show-Window. The collection has been set up on Zrzutka.pl - at: https://zrzutka.pl/witryna - and will be active until 11 November 2022. We are very much counting on your support and your adding a brick to the construction of our common place - from which an international social movement will emerge. Against tyranny.
The Eastern House Show-Window - The show-window of freedom