What Do We Really Think? Stereotypes in the Polish-Jewish Landscape

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This panel addresses the challenges and opportunities experienced by those active in preserving Jewish memory in Poland.

  • 4 August (Saturday), 6 PM, free admission

As recent developments demonstrate, long-held stereotypes and historical animosities, compounded by profound national and personal trauma and loss, make the effort to create dialogue and mutual understanding between Jews and non-Jewish Poles both essential and potentially explosive. For contemporary Poles; for the descendants of Polish Jews; and for those from other communities who contribute from a variety of motives and backgrounds, the long, tragic history of the Jewish community in Poland shapes perceptions and attitudes.

This panel brings together different voices and viewpoints in an effort to share insights and provoke dialogue as a necessary precondition to building bridges and changing stereotypes.

Panelists include:

  • Moderator Glenn Kurtz, author of "Three Minutes in Poland",
  • Witek Dąbrowski, Deputy Director, Ośrodka Brama Grodzka-Teatr NN,
  • Zuzanna Radzik, Executive Board Member, Forum for Dialogue,
  • Leora Tec, Founder & Director, Bridge To Poland.

This is not an official part of the conference (2018 International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies meeting in Warsaw, Poland), but IAJGS attendees are cordially invited to attend this free session.

Prior to the Conference, come visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (a 30 minute walk from the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center).