We already know the winners of the Maria and Łukasz Hirszowicz Award

On 24th April took place deliberation of the Jury of the Award.

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On 24th April took place deliberation of the Jury of the Award comprised of: Prof. Grażyna Borkowska, Prof. Barbara Engelking, dr Elżbieta Neyman, Prof. Jerzy Jedlicki, Prof. Jerzy Tomaszewski, with the participation of Prof. Paweł Śpiewak — the director of the Jewish Historical Institute, which was appointed by the Hirszowicz family as an institution in charge of the Award, and Prof. Marian Turski — Co-Chair of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland.

The Jury decided that in 2014 the Hirszowicz Award for scholarly activity will be given to dr hab. Jolanta Żyndul, and that the Cukerman’s Gate Foundation will receive the Award for educational activity commemorating the presence and fate of the Jews from Będzin.

The Maria and Łukasz Hirszowicz Award ceremony will take place in the headquarters of the Jewish Historical Institute at 3/5 Tłomackie Street on 2nd June at 6pm. Laudation will be given by Prof. Marcin Kula and Prof. Paweł Śpiewak, and about the Hirszowicz Prize will talk a friend of the family Elżbieta Neyman.

Information about the winners:

dr hab. Jolanta Żyndul is an eminent historian studying the history of Jews in Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries, history of anti-semitism and Polish-Jewish relations. For many years she has worked at the Mordechai Anielewicz Center for the Study and Teaching of the History and Culture of Jews in Poland. She is the author of many important publications, out of which the Jury of the Hirszowicz Award in a special way awarded her latest book : Kłamstwo krwi. Legenda mordu rytualnego na ziemiach polskich w XIX i XX wieku. (The blood lie. The legend of human sacrifice on the Polish territories in the 19th and 20th centuries)

The Cukerman’s Gate Foundation has been active in Będzin for more than 5 years. It is located in a former Jewish Prayer House, which the Foundation has greatly taken care of, at the same time, in an unusually creative and dynamic way promoting the centuries-old presence of Jews in the region of Śląsk and Zagłębie.

Laudations honouring dr hab. Jolanta Żyndul were made by her thesis supervisor Prof. Marcin Kula. In her thank you speech, the laureate emphasised a huge influence that Prof. Jerzy Tomaszewski, Prof. Marcin Kula, Prof. Jerzy Jedlicki and Prof. Feliks Tych had on shaping her academic path. In addition, dr hab. Żyndul pointed out how exceptional the place of the event was, "When I was still a student, I was riding a tram no. 6 through Bank Square and my then history teacher showed me the building of the Jewish Historical Institute, told me about its history and about the Great Synagogue in Tłomackie. This event was one of the factors that made me interested in the history of Jews,” she said.

The second of the prizes was given to the founders of the Cukerman’s Gate Foundation from Będzin, Karolina and Piotr Jakoweńko. Laudations were made by Prof. Paweł Śpiewak and Jacek Nowakowski from US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Nowakowski talked about the significance and great influence that the Jews from Będzin had on the establishment of the Washington museum. The laureates talked about the initiatives taken up by the Foundation: renovations of listed buildings, educational activities, or walks around the cities of Basin and Silesia organized for tourists from around the world.

Information about the winners:

Dr hab. Jolanta Żyndul is an eminent historian studying the history of Jews in Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries, history of anti-semitism and Polish-Jewish relations. For many years she has worked at the Mordechai Anielewicz Center for the Study and Teaching of the History and Culture of Jews in Poland. She is the author of many important publications, out of which the Jury of the Hirszowicz Award in a special way awarded her latest book : Kłamstwo krwi. Legenda mordu rytualnego na ziemiach polskich w XIX i XX wieku. (The blood lie. The legend of human sacrifice on the Polish territories in the 19th and 20th centuries)

The Cukerman’s Gate Foundation has been active in Będzin for more than 5 years. It is located in a former Jewish Prayer House, which the Foundation has greatly taken care of, at the same time, in an unusually creative and dynamic way promoting the centuries-old presence of Jews in the region of Silesia and Basin.

Below, photos from the ceremony.

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