The story of the mysterious mound in the Czarny Dunajec cemetery discovered!
"Edge of Light" will disclose to you how the cemetery changed during our project. One of the remarkable discoveries we made concerned the mysterious mound in the cemetery grounds. The director Wojciech Szumowski recorded it all on his camera and you will soon be able to see it for yourselves in "Edge of Light".
The little elevation of the ground turned out to be the ruins of the pre-burial house, of which no sign was left on the surface. As the mound was levelled, the foundations of the building gradually appeared before our eyes. The earth still conceals many secrets, a fact I am faced with in every project.
Yet that was not the end, for having uncovered the foundations, we came upon the outline of a round structure, which turned out to be a well once we had started exposing its edges. At first we took it for granted that it must have been the source of water for the Bet Tahara (or pre-burial house), and it seemed that was all there was to discover about it.
However, some of the team were not happy leaving it at that. Every now and again, Jagna Bukowska-Ziółko, Małgorzata Głowacz, Grzegorz Głowacz, and Wojtek Glowacz mentioned it would be worth trying to excavate the well and check how deep it was. At first I thought why not. But once we had dug a few metres into the ground and the end was nowhere to be seen, I started to worry about the team. Yet there was no way of stopping them.
And then, suddenly, it turned out there were matzevot underneath the rubble, including the tombstone of Sara Frida, who died in August 1913 and was buried in this cemetery, which was deciphered thanks to Jolanta Kruszniewska. Why did Sara's matzevah and the other ones end up in the well? When did this happen? The ground hid yet another secret. Those moments were extraordinary for us, and we will remember them forever: There was somebody's story under our feet all the time, which was to vanish forever with the dumping of the matzevot into the well. Yet it did not vanish! The story lay hidden in the well, probably for 79 years.
A monument now stands where the well used to be, shaped like a menora, whose candles are lit on the anniversaries of the tragic events. Sara's matzevah has been renovated and will soon be placed in the Czarny Dunajec cemetery.
Stories like this one accompanied us every now and then in Czarny Dunajec, and they were all recorded by Wojciech Szumowski.
The film was produced by the Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation