Jewish Cultural Heritage

"Thou Shalt Not Be Indifferent." 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising program

fot. M. Jaźwiecki / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

On 19 April, we commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. For us, this date was not only about paying tribute to those who had perished in the ghetto, or listening to survivors’ accounts. The goal of our year-long program titled "Thou Shalt Not Be Indifferent. 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising" is to take a critical look at history and, ultimately, at the present-day and the future.

Program accompanying the "Around Us a Sea of Fire" temporary exhibition, 11th edition of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising campaign in six cities, workshops with Loesje, outdoor artistic activities, meetings and academic conferences as well as numerous educational workshops are merely a fraction of the anniversary events organized within the "Jewish Cultural Heritage" project in 2023.

Check out the program of the 80th Anniversary commemorative events >>

Fate of Jewish civilians as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising campaign’s leading motif

Situation of the civilians hiding in the Warsaw ghetto during the Uprising is the theme of the year-long program developed to mark the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. We also dedicated the 11th edition of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising campaign to the civilians.

On 19 April, to draw attention to the fact that we are all #RememberingTogether, we handed out 450,000 paper daffodils. Thousands of people participated in the events which we organized. For the first time in history of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising campaign, the volunteers handed out paper flowers in the streets of six Polish cities: Warsaw, Łódź, Krakow, Białystok, Lublin and Wrocław.

Check out the program of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising campaign >>

Extra 150,000 paper daffodils were sent to Jewish communities and organizations all across the globe, including over 40,000 to schools in Israel, and to those attending the commemorative "Remembering Together" concert in Tel Aviv. The ambassadors of Israel all over the world and passengers of LOT Polish Airlines received paper daffodils, too.

The other side of the Monument

When the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes was unveiled in 1948, the white cloth covered only its front side commemorating the armed combat, ignoring the rear side with bas-relief titled "The Last March".

The other side of the Monument has never become an iconic image accompanying official commemorative events. On 16 April, we pointed to the need for a change in the way we talk about the past by means of a performative artistic event—a change from the narrative on armed combat to a narrative on the resistance and perseverance of the civilians, on heroism of life itself.

Read more about the artistic event titled "Heroism of life itself" >>

Save the date – International "Jewish Cultural Heritage" Congress in 2023

"Jewish Cultural Heritage: Practices, Perspectives, Challenges"—will be the motto of a congress to be held at POLIN Museum. The congress will sum up the realisation of our multiannual pre-defined project.

We would like to invite participants in the events which we have been organizing since 2020 together with our Norwegian partners and the Jewish Historical Institute, our steadfast audience, people associated with the Museum and those who support us to participate in the congress. We do hope that this unique event will turn out to be a big celebration of education on diversity, as well as a platform to discuss new ideas and to interpret the role of Jewish culture and history in today’s Europe.

We encourage you to participate in the congress which will take place on 19-20 October 2023 at POLIN Museum. The registration system for this event will be launched in late May/early June.

Logo of Jewish Cultural Heritage Project: from right side: logo of Norway grants, logo of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland, logo Polin Museum and JCK project.,,