Scrolling Through a Mysterious Polish Shtetl


Looking to get away but don’t want to deal with the logistics of flights, or well, traveling? Luckily for you, you can now transport yourself to an old, mysterious shtetl named Radzyn hidden deep in the forests of Poland, via a brand-new serialized, gorgeously illustrated e-story.

This “epic folktale” about a Hasidic shtetl of the same name is an ingeniously told mercurial narrative that develops as you scroll. Compelling and haunting, its illustrations seem to come alive along with the tale’s snaking text.

A project of Rocket Chair Media, which seeks to fuse art, storytelling, and technology, Radzyn updates monthly with the latest chapter, weaving individual stories that let us in on the magic and past of the shtetl, and ultimately answers the question: how did Radzyn survive the Holocaust?

(iPad owners may want to check out one of Rocket Chair Media’s other projects, a striking visual retelling of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. And while you’re at it, why not grab a copy of the surrealist classic for your kids too?)

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