Anniversaries & holidays

The 80th Anniversary of Sealing Off the Warsaw Ghetto – the programme of events

Archiwalne, czarno-białe zdjęcie getta warszawskiego, widziane zza ogrodzenia z drutu kolczastego. Zdjęcie znajduje się w zbiorach Muzeum POLIN
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

16 November 2020 marks the Anniversary of the Sealing off the Warsaw Ghetto. 80 years ago, a decision was made to completely segregate Warsaw Jews from the rest of the society, and all attempts at crossing the Ghetto wall without a pass were punished severely. To commemorate the 80th Anniversary, we prepared a diverse programme of events.

On 16 November, in partnership with the Jewish Historical Institute, the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the Polish Center for Holocaust Research and the Polish Institute in Tel Aviv we invite you to participate in an online academic conference entitled “<<…the news came like a bolt from the blue>>. The conference will be broadcast live on the POLIN Museum and co-organizers’ websites, and on POLIN Museum YouTube channel.

Two online discussions are also scheduled in the programme to be held as part of the Anniversary events.

On 17 November, we invite you to a debate entitled “Plans for the Walicow Street. The Memory of the Place in the Modern City” organized in partnership with the Economic Development Department of the Capital City of Warsaw and the Warsaw Branch of the Association of Polish Architects (OW SARP) to be broadcast via ZODIAK’s Warsaw Pavilion of Architecture Facebook page. In the course of the event, designs of houses at Waliców street prepared by young architects from Milan will be displayed. The discussion on the future of the physical heritage of the Warsaw Ghetto will be participated by the community of architects and urban planners, representatives of the municipal authorities as well as authors and participants of the Waliców Project at the the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.

Is it possible to be happy living in a place that is marked by a tragic history? Does history affect our happiness and happy lives, and how? Or perhaps is Muranów a tragic place, a damned place, a dead and marked place?

Those topics will be discussed on 19 November during a discussion “Can one be happy in Muranów?” to be participated by Monika Tutak-Goll, Patrycja Dołowy and Cezary Harasimowicz, and moderated by Remigiusz Grzela - to be broadcast live on POLIN Museum’s Facebook page.

As part of the Anniversary events, the Virtual Shtetl portal publishes thematic articles and archive pictures and the Collection Department shares information on the selected artefacts from the ghetto area.


A free Anniversary program is supported by EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and by the state budget,,