Lifetime Achievement Award for Monika and Stanisław Krajewski

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We are delighted to announce that the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and the American Jewish Committee have honored Monika and Stanisław Krajewski with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to building a Jewish future in democratic Poland. Monika and Stanisław Krajewski have been pillars of the renascent Jewish community in Poland since the 1970s, and have contributed greatly to the creation of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews as well as our Core Exhibition. The award will be presented within the framework of the 23rd annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow on July 5 at the Tempel Synagogue at 24 Miodowa St., prior to the 6 pm concert.

Prof. Stanisław Krajewski has – since the very beginning – been one of the experts developing the Museum’s Core Exhibition. Together with Dr. Helena Datner of the Jewish Historical Institute he created the narrative of the Postwar gallery.

In 1989, he was one of the founders of the Polish-Israeli Friendship Society, the Polish Council of Christians and Jews (of which he has been the co-president since the beginning) and the Jewish Forum Foundation, where he established a Jewish helpline. He has lectured in logic and philosophy of religion at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw for several years.

Like her husband, Monika Krajewska has been involved in the Jewish community in Poland for many years. The art of Jewish paper cutting, photography and calligraphy occupy a special place in her life and work. Already in the 70s, she began to photograph abandoned, deteriorating Jewish cemeteries, finding inspiration in the poems of Jerzy Ficowski, especially those from the collection A Reading of Ashes. Her album Time of Stones, published in 1982, contains black and white photographs and fragments of poetry. Excerpts of this project will be presented in the Core Exhibition, in the section of the Postwar gallery describing the void created by the disappearance of the Jewish world and the departure of Jews from Poland following the March ’68 campaign. Monika Krajewska is the author of the idea of the design on the Museum of the History of Polish Jews façade, with multiplied calligraphic inscriptions of the word Polin.