Jewish Cultural Heritage

"Jewish Cultural Heritage" — Remembrance and Education

Duża grupa młodych osób stoi na korytarzy Muzeum POLIN, tyłem do głównego wejścia. Usmiechają się.
fot. M. Jaźwiecki / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

This autumn, POLIN Museum has prepared a rich educational offer within the "Jewish Cultural Heritage" [JCH] project. The offer is related to our program devoted to restoring the memory of Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Meanwhile, some of our already implemented educational activities have been noticed and recognised in several regional competitions.

Marking the Jewish cemeteries

Orla, Góra Kalwaria, Brok, Tuszyn and Szamotuły – these are the names of five towns included in the 2021 program of marking the Jewish cemeteries realised by POLIN Museum together with the National Heritage Institute. While the commemoration plaques were funded by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, the ceremonies of their unveiling and the accompanying educational program addressed to schools and to local communities were organised within the JCH project.

In the years 2021-2023 we will organise ceremonies and accompanying workshops in all regions of Poland—16 towns in total.

2021 "Wierzba" Award for "Leśmian’s Meadow"

It is our pleasure to announce that our summer program "Leśmian’s Meadow" won 3rd prize in the 15th edition of the "Wierzba—Museum Events in Mazovia competition" in the Best Open Project category. "Leśmian’s Meadow" is a green outdoor installation in front of POLIN Museum, the place where you can relax and spend time with us. The unique program—including the mindfulness series, literary events as well as urban gardening workshops—further encouraged our audience to stop by and join us at the Meadow over the summer months.

2021 "Słoneczniki" competition – an honourable mention for POLIN Museum

Our audience also appreciated the series of sensory-friendly concerts which was awarded an honourable mention in the Music category at the "Słoneczniki" competition organised in Warsaw for the tenth time by portal. The best cultural initiatives for children were selected by their parents and guardians.

Sensory-friendly concerts are interactive music events for families with children on the autistic spectrum, realised in the space that is adopted to the needs of people sensitive to sensory stimuli.

Nominations for the Warsaw Cultural Education Prize

The theatre educational project and the Polish-Ukrainian course are the two among our activities carried out last year within the JCH program to be shortlisted to the final of the "2021 Warsaw Cultural Education Prize". The WCE Gala will take place on 28 October 2021 at 10AM.

The project titled "Theatre is a Verb" was addressed to the youth aged 13-17 and aimed to counteract creating hurtful stereotypes. The "Urban Multicultural Stories" course, organised in cooperation with the Ukrainian House in Warsaw, was devoted to the history of towns and cities and to the memory in this part of Europe.

The latest report on the programs for teachers is available now!

88 % of teachers, participants of our programs run between July 2020 and August 2021, declared that they have become more sensitive to the issues connected to diversity and tolerance. As many as 96% of them are more willing to discuss topics concerning Jews during classes held at their schools. The teachers also declared a substantial increase in the level of knowledge and the will to recommend our offer.

Do take part in the conference for teachers!

We invite you to take part in the fifth conference for teachers to be organised by POLIN Museum. The 2021 conference titled "The Power of Biographies. How to Use Personal Stories in Education" will be held online between 13 and 20 November 2021.

During the conference we will discuss, among others, the areas shared between history, art and education, as well as the pro-social nature of the human brain and the building of social archives. We will also present a series of films dedicated to the heritage of Polish Jews and the accompanying materials to be used at schools.,,