Jewish Cultural Heritage
Jewish Cultural Heritage project realised in the years 2020-2024.
"To recover the past and shape the future" is the educational mission of POLIN Museum. It is also the mission of the Jewish Cultural Heritage project, based on a belief that getting to know the history of Polish Jews enhances the historical awareness of Poles, Jews and Europeans, for Jewish history is an integral part of the history of Poland, Europe, and the Jewish diaspora.
Our wide array of educational programmes is now reaching youth, educators, specialists, and the general public across the globe, thanks to €10 million grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the EEA Grants, and to the state budget.
The grant is dedicated to the realisation of the Jewish Cultural Heritage project from March 2020 until April 2024, in partnership with the Norwegian institutions: The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, The European Wergeland Centre, The Falstad Centre as well as the Jewish museums in Oslo and in Trondheim, and the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.
The main goals of the programme are to re¬cover and transmit the legacy of Polish Jews through educational and cultural programmes. We do believe that exposure to the rich and dramatic history of Polish Jews provides more than knowledge of history – it teaches us respect for people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, strengthens the resolve to fight xenophobia, and prepares young people for life in today’s diverse society.
Throughout the fifty-month duration of the project, we will realise – together with our partners – nearly 5,200 events for over a million participants in Poland and in Norway.
The first edition of the Jewish Cultural Heritage project, realised in the years 2013-2017, was awarded the prestigious European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra 2017 Awards. It also contributed to POLIN Museum being honoured with the most important museum awards in Europe.