7.02.2021 - online

The Power of Biography - online talks

W ciemnym wnętrzu wystawy stałej Muzeum POLIN na krzesłach naprzeciw siebie siedzą: Wojciech Eichelberger i Hanna Rydlewska
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

To what extent do the place where we were born, our community, and the times in which we grow up affect our lives? Watch the talks by Hanna Rydlewska with Joanna Fikus, prof. Dariusz Stola, prof. Andrzej Leder and Wojciech Eichelberger.

  • Premiers: 17 January - 7 February, 2PM

What circumstances shaped the lives of the individuals presented in the Legacy gallery, what stirred their imagination? To what extent did their multicultural environment, migration, and new realities and challenges stimulate their creativity? Journalist Hanna Rydlewska seeks answers to these and many more questions in a series of filmed interviews accompanying the opening of the new Legacy gallery.


"We are all born at a certain time, in a certain place"
Hanna Rydlewska in conversation with Joanna Fikus

  • Premiere: 17 January (Sunday), 2PM EST

The country we live in, our families or social groups shape our worldview; they offer opportunities and also impose constraints. Can we discern those factors in the lives of the individuals presented in the Legacy gallery? Did Polish Jewish scientists, artists, and social activists introduce Jewish values to their respective fields of expertise?

Joanna Fikus, head of POLIN Museum’s Exhibition Department, reflects on these and other questions.

"Openness, mobility, and multiculturalism: an impulse to be creative"
Hanna Rydlewska in conversation with Professor Dariusz Stola

  • Premiere: 24 January (Sunday), 2PM EST

The biographies of most of the heroes of the Legacy gallery were shaped by historical upheavals, uncertainty, and often the need to emigrate. But maybe that was precisely the driving force of the 20th century.

Professor Dariusz Stola, historian and former director of POLIN Museum, will discuss the role of migration and multiculturalism in the lives and achievements of those featured in the Legacy gallery.

"Dreaming of a better world"
Hanna Rydlewska in conversation with Professor Andrzej Leder

  • Premiere: 31 January (Sunday), 2PM EST

Why were many Jews attracted to revolutionary, progressive, and avant-garde movements during the late 19th and first half of the 20th century?  Was their passion to make the world a better place a reaction to centuries of exclusion? Or were they perhaps motivated by Jewish values?

Professor Andrzej Leper, a philosopher, reflects on these issues.

"Limitations, barriers, and courage to pursue one’s goals"
Hanna Rydlewska in conversation with Wojciech Eichelberger

  • Premiere: 07 February (Sunday), 2PM EST

Determination, persistence, and confidence in oneself and one’s actions, prerequisites for achieving one’s goals, are abundantly evident in the biographies of distinguished Polish Jews.

Wojciech Eichelberger, a psychologist and therapist, reflects on psychological aspects of the individuals presented in the Legacy gallery.

The educational films were produced by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

"The Power of Biography" series of interview accompanies the launch of the online program dedicated to the Legacy gallery, an extension of POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition.