As a guardian of the memory of Jews and the Holocaust, the Jewish Historical Institute has been presenting exhibitions on the subject since 1948. On the fifth anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the opening of two exhibitions –The Martyrdom and Struggle of Polish Jews 1939–1945andWorks of Jewish Visual Artists, Victims of German Occupation 1939–1945– inaugurated the Jewish Historical Institute Museum. These and many other shows exemplified various curatorial strategies, adequate to their time of origin. The early post-war ones presented human ashes or bones as evidence, something that would be inconceivable today.
With the exhibitionPolish Art and the Holocaustin the space at Tłomackie Street 3/5 we wish to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to it – the artists, the JHI staff and collaborators, the museums and galleries who have leased their works. Special thanks are due to the author of the original idea, Mr Piotr Żuchowski, in whose ministerial room, during a conversation with Paweł Śpiewak, director of the Jewish Historical Institute, the idea of this exhibition was born.
We invite all interested in polish art created within the context of the Holocaust.