Jewish Cultural Heritage

Spring at POLIN Museum—events organised as part of the Jewish Cultural Heritage project

International Children’s Day celebrations and the Night of Museums, record attendance at classes for schools and an extended program for teachers—these are the most important events of the past few months held within the Jewish Cultural Heritage (JCH) project realised thanks to EEA Funds and the state budget.

  • International Children’s Day at POLIN Museum

On 30 May we launched our annual celebrations of the International Children’s Day with the slogan “Interesting tales abound, why don’t you come round”. We celebrated this special day both online and onsite, in the urban space of Muranów, the district which is a home to POLIN Museum. 

During a family online game with short musical plays, we immersed ourselves in the world of Jewish “Tales from Chernivtsi” written down over 100 years ago. These fairy tales were also performed in a musical version accompanied by animated arrangements. A total of 15,596 people took part in both online events.

We invited children aged 4 to 10, together with their guardians, to play an outdoor game. Families set off on a journey through Muranów and completed simple yet fun tasks, thus learning about the pre-war history of the Museum's immediate vicinity. The event was attended by 600 families, which means almost 2,000 people!

Watch the film on the International Children’s Day at POLIN Museum>>

  • Record attendance at online classes for schools 

which took into account the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic. Since January 2021, a record number of 1,323 groups have taken part in our classes. This means that more than 23,000 young people have had the opportunity to encounter the culture, tradition and history of Polish Jews, to participate in classes that promote critical thinking skills and shape an attitude of openness to diversity.

In the questionnaires, participants gave highest marks to the preparation of the educators running the classes and their good contact with a group, high quality materials, possibility of visiting the Museum without leaving home, and encouraging pupils to actively participate in the class. As many as 98% of those who attended were very satisfied with their participation in the classes. 

  • Online meetings—inspiration for teachers

Between February and June, we used to hold bi-weekly meetings at the POLIN Educational Center Facebook profile with the slogan “Tuesdays for the teachers”. We invited those who were interested to attend debates and lectures during which we raised topics related to the current challenges of online education. A total of eight meetings were held, attended by 7,096 people.

The offer for teachers was enriched by the online course titled “POLIN Film Discussion Club for Teachers”. The meetings were devoted to audio-visual materials—feature films and documentaries, and the possibilities for using them in school work. A total of seven meetings were held for a regular class of 35 people.

  • The Night of Museums

This year's edition of the Night of Museums at POLIN took place on 15 May, both on- and offline. During the “Pollywood at POLIN Museum” event, participants had the opportunity to learn more about the contribution of Polish Jews to building the Hollywood empire. A total of approximately 4,800 people took part in our activities.

During the Night of Museums, POLIN Museum building's facade was illuminated with a special visual installation. An urban walk along the trail of former cinemas was organised in the Muranów district, and a meeting titled “On a Jewish Street” was held in the Museum building itself.

For those taking part in the online version of the Night of Museums, we prepared a film-themed guided tour of pre-war Warsaw, a debate devoted to Pollywood films, and a special quiz.

Watch the film about the event>>

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