Jewish Cultural Heritage

Programs for local communities

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fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

Programs for local communities:

  • "Museum on Wheels" – a travelling exhibition  

Goal: promoting Jewish heritage while taking into account the specific character of a given locality; creating regional network of people engaged in the preservation of the memory of a local Jewish community. 

Recipients: residents of towns with population of up to 50,000 inhabitants; participants of festivals and anniversary events popularising the multicultural past. 

Our educational exhibition set up in a mobile pavilion will visit even more places in Poland. The exposition presents a three-dimensional model of a shtetl featuring, among other things, the most important places in a Polish-Jewish town as well as a timeline of most important events in the history of Jews in Poland. The interactive map of each visited town presents all the sites related to local Jewish history. In each of the towns we visit, the mobile exhibition is accompanied by an extensive educational program, developed in partnership with the project’s local coordinators. 

In many of the visited towns, "Museum on Wheels" is accompanied by "They Risked Their Lives" exhibition devoted to the Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.  

  • Collection on Wheels is a project aiming to support museums in small towns with regard to digitization, expert studies and online sharing of artefacts from the material Jewish heritage that are part of their collections. We strive to promote good museum practices concerning conservation, as well as raising awareness on the presence of material keepsakes belonging to the Jewish cultural heritage in the towns of up to 50,000 inhabitants. 

 

  • Program of describing and marking selected Jewish cemeteries 

Goal: preparation and online publication of descriptions of selected Jewish cemeteries in order to commemorate, mark and protect them; carrying out pilot educational projects in each province aiming to involve local communities in the process of protecting local Jewish cemeteries.

Recipients: local communities.

Project carried out in cooperation with the National Heritage Board of Poland. Texts and documentation of ca 300 cemeteries will be published on the website www.zabytek.pl and on the Virtual Shtetl portal. We are also planning educational activities which will engage local communities, as well as holding special ceremonies to place information boards at minimum 16 cemeteries. 

 

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