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Dedication monument made of rescued matzevot @ Jewish cemetery, Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland
Jun 6 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A second memorial wall made of rescued matzevot has been constructed next to the 2011 original memorial wall and will be inaugurated. These are matzevot that were buried under local streets and have been recovered in recent months, thanks to the the initiative and efforts of Grzegorz Grzybowski and with the support of Mayor Kowalski and local military authorities.  

Gregorz Grzybowski is the contractor who designed and built the wall and plaza at the cemetery that was dedicated in 2011. 

It is known that there are still partial and full headstones scattered around the city that had been used for walls, walkways, etc. The Mayor’s office has undertaken a program to encourage people who have these to turn them in to the city and receive replacement blocks or decorative pavers in return.

The dedication of the new monument takes place withing an annual reunion of descendants from Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, taking place June 4-6.

Rededication Tarnow Jewish Cemetery
Jun 25 @ 10:00 – Jun 26 @ 17:00

The historic Jewish cemetery in Tarnow, Poland will be ceremonially rededicated after years of extensive restoration work.

The rededication ceremony on June 26 takes places within the context of the two-day Tarnow Jewish Reunion.

Other events include a walking tour of Jewish Tarnow, photography exhibit, Jewish cemetery tour and visit to family graves.

See program below.








Art and the Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future @ Jews in Latvia Museum, Riga
Jul 2 – Jul 3 all-day
Riga Jewish Community, Museum “Jews in Latvia” and Museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Belcova (Riga, Latvia), in collaboration with the International Center of Litvak Photography (Kaunas, Lithuania) and Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw, Poland) are sponsoring the International Conference “Art and the Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future”. 
The aim of the conference is to present new researches about the relationships between the Holocaust and art (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, contemporary art, the art of commemoration), as well as the ways that individuals reacted towards atrocities, how they tried to preserve their human dignity, and how the traumatic experience of the Holocaust has influenced European society. 
Unveiling memorial @ Jewish cemetery Russocice, Poland
Oct 3 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Dedication of a memorial at the Jewish cemetery in the village. It is composed of  broken gravestones whose fragments have been partially fitted together to form (in part) their stones.




Silesian Synagogues: A thousands years’ history that disappeared in one night @ Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day
Silesian Synagogues: A thousands years' history that disappeared in one night @ Wroclaw University of Science and Technology | Wrocław | Województwo dolnośląskie | Poland

JHE Director Ruth Ellen Gruber gives the keynote talk on the importance of reclaiming history, at a two-day conference on synagogues in Silesia, held ahead of the anniversary of Kristallnacht.



Polish-Jewish Heritage of Poland. Challenges of Memory and Education @ Polin Museum
Nov 14 @ 12:00 – Nov 16 @ 14:15
Polish-Jewish Heritage of Poland. Challenges of Memory and Education @ Polin Museum | Warszawa | mazowieckie | Poland


An international conference for educators:

“Listening to lectures and taking part in workshops will offer the conference participants an opportunity to acquaint themselves well with various aspects of the culture of Jews residing in Poland. We will talk about Yiddish literature and art, Jewish school system and the stories of Jewish women. We will also learn how to decipher the traces of Jewish communities by visiting Jewish cemeteries. We will focus on the methods of teaching multiculturalism and diversity without stereotyping. We will debate on how to talk about Polish-Jewish history without mythologizing or sugar-coating the past.”


Click here to see program


Forum Remembrance of Jewish Heritage in Poland @ Memorial House Upper Silesian Jews
Nov 21 @ 09:30 – 17:00
Forum Remembrance of Jewish Heritage in Poland @ Memorial House Upper Silesian Jews | Gliwice | śląskie | Poland

Second day of a two-day conference on the protection and care of Jewish cemeteries in Poland.

Click here to see the program


Participants include representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Association of Polish Cities, Silesian Conservator, for the Rabbinical Commission on cemeteries, NGOs, and others. 

Topics include:

1. Polish legal issues and the protection of Jewish cemeteries.
2. What action to protect Jewish cemeteries should be taken by state authorities, local government, Jewish communities and NGOs?
3. What role should non-governmental organizations play in the care of  Jewish cemeteries?
4. How can the progressive degradation of these place be stopped?
5. What activities in this area are taken in other European countries?
6. How to document Jewish cemeteries and keep them in the collective memory?

Organizers say the aim is primarily to exchange knowledge and experiences with the wider care of Jewish cemeteries, and ultimately the development of a catalog of good practices, which could be a compendium of knowledge about the possibilities and ways to protect Jewish cemeteries in Poland. They would like to subsequently help institutions possessing the right tools and resources, but lacking the knowledge and skills to systematically and effectively take care of Jewish cemeteries.

Great Synagogue Memorial Park inauguration @ Oswiecim, Poland
Nov 28 @ 17:30 – 21:00
In Oswiecim, Poland, signage at the site of the destroyed synagogue includes a photo

Marking the 80th anniversary of the destruction of the Great Synagogue in Oswiecim, a memorial park will be dedicated on its site.

The site was long an empty lot, with in recent years signage describing the site.

The park is a project of the Auschwitz Jewish Center and has been supported by the town of Oświęcim as well as institutional and private donors from Poland and elsewhere.

Archaeological excavations in 2004 discovered candlesticks from the synagogue as well as the Eternal Light – Ner Tamid.

Candelabra from the destroyed Great Synagogue in the Jewish Museum in Oswiecim

The memorial will include a replica of the candelabra (the original is displayed in the AJC’s museum) as well as a structure containing historic photographs of the synagogue.

Click to see the program

Read an article about the memorial project

Synagogues as Museums and Galleries in East‐Central Europe @ Grande Synagogue of Europe, Brussels
Dec 10 @ 18:00 – 21:00
Synagogues as Museums and Galleries in East‐Central Europe @ Grande Synagogue of Europe, Brussels | Bruxelles | Bruxelles | Belgium

The opening of a photo exhibition by Rudolf Klein that presents a brief survey of synagogues converted into museums and galleries in Hungary, Austria, Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The exhibit runs until January 16, 2020.

The opening includes talks (in English) by Klein, Polish researcher Natalia Romik,  and Professor Thomas Gergely.

Prior registration is required.  Click here

The event is organized in collaboration with the Great Synagogue of Europe, the Balassi Institute, the Polish Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Jewish Musicians and Jewish Music-Making in Polish Lands @ Polish Embassy London
Jan 23 @ 09:30 – 17:30
Jewish Musicians and Jewish Music-Making in Polish Lands @ Polish Embassy London | England | United Kingdom

A one-day Conference to Launch POLIN: Studies in Polish-Jewry

Vol. 32: ‘Jewish Musicians and Jewish Music-Making in Polish Lands’

Organized by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, and the Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL.

Co-organized and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, and the Polish Cultural Institute, London, with the support of Ślipaczek Chartered Financial Planners

The astounding variety of music of all genres and styles produced by musicians of Jewish heritage in Europe since 1750 has been examined almost entirely in the context of German-speaking Europe or in studies of a group of composers who strongly self-identified as Jews.

In five thematic sections, this multi-disciplinary volume presents rich coverage of the main genres produced by musicians of Jewish origin in the Polish lands: Cantorial and Religious Music, Jews in Polish Popular Culture, Jews in the Polish classical music scene, The Holocaust reflected in Jewish music, and Klezmer in Poland today. This volume explores the activities and great creativity of musicians of the ‘Mosaic persuasion’, covering the area of the Polish-Lithunanian Commonwealth and its successor states from 1750 to the present. 

The conference will look at Cantorial Music, Jews and Polish popular culture, and Klezmer in Poland today. And there will be music!

‘POLIN Vol. 32’ is published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation/Liverpool University Press.

Volume Editors: François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky.


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