With great sorrow, we received the news about the death of Robert Kuwałka, an eminent historian, teacher, employee of State Museum at Majdanek. He was an author and co-author of many papers dedicated to the Jewish community in Lublin and the holocaust of the Jews on the territory of Lubelszczyzna.
Robert Kuwałek was a historian, graduate of the Catholic University of Lublin. He became interested in the Jewish subject matter in college; his master thesis was titled „Organization of General Zionism in Lublin in the years 1929–1939.” His latest field of interest included the holocaust of the Jews on the territory of Lubelszczyzna. His most important publications include: „Lublin — Jerozolima Królestwa Polskiego” (2001) [Lublin — Jerusalem of the Kingdom of Poland], „Obóz zagłady w Bełżcu” (2010) [Extermination camp in Bełżec].
In 1999, he began working at the Research Department of the State Museum at Majdanek. He was the originator and head of, opened in 2004, Museum – Memorial Site in Bełżec, which became an important remembrance and research centre of the holocaust of the Jews on the territory of Lubelszczyzna. Robert Kuwałek was a Deputy President of the Polish-Israeli Friendship Association in Lublin and a member of the “Studnia Pamięci” Association. He also worked as a teacher; since 2006 he was a lecturer of the Summer Academy on the Holocaust.
In 2008 he was decorated by the President of Poland with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for the contribution to popularization of the Jewish culture and history.
In 2014 he was awarded a “Rising in the Warsaw Ghetto” Honorary Medal given by the Association Jewish Combatants and Victims of World War II.