We invite all teachers interested in the history and culture of Polish Jews to another edition of the Summer Academy, which will be held at the Jewish Historical Institute on July 30 — August 3, 2013. This year’s Academy puts particular emphasis on issues relating to Jewish resistance and the Holocaust in connection with the 70th anniversary of the uprisings in the ghettos and concentration camps.
JHI’s Summer Academy, which has had a great popularity for years, is an educational offer of the Institute for teachers of humanities. Every year we meet with teachers of junior high and secondary schools for several days of lectures and workshops.
We are going to begin with a lecture on the early settlement of the Jews in Poland, and during subsequent lectures it will be possible to expand knowledge about the special role of the Jews in Polish culture and the history of the Jews in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. A special series of lectures and workshops will be devoted to issues relating to Judaism, Jewish rites and rituals. You will also have an opportunity to see the most precious part of our collections: the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, known as the Ringelblum Archive and learn about its creation.
A special part of the program of the Academy will be a meeting with an escapee from Treblinka, Samuel Willenberg.
In addition, we invite you to see our two exhibitions „Polish art and the Holocaust” and „Rabbis in Poland”.The employees of the Department of Art of the JHI will give a tour of the exhibitions. On 2nd August, on the 70th anniversary of the revolt in the extermination camp, a trip to Treblinka will be organized, where a discussion panel on Polish-Jewish relations, including great experts on the topic, will be held. The Academy will finish with a joint participation in a Shabbat service at the Nożyk Synagogue in Warsaw.
If you are interested in participating in this form of extending knowledge of the Jewish history, we invite you to fill in the application form, for which we are waiting until July 10.