Saying goodbye to prof. Feliks Tych

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prof. dr hab. Feliks Tych

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of prof. dr hab. Feliks Tych, who served as the head of the Jewish Historical Institute for many years. 

Prof. dr hab. Feliks Tych was always very involved in scientific research and the popularization of science. 

He studied history at Warsaw University. Between 1956 and 1968 he worked at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences and in the History Department of the Polish Workers’ Movement.

In 1958 he created the history quarterly of the Polish Workers’ Movement titled “From the Battlefield” where he served as editor in chief. In 1973 he started publishing the “Archive of the Polish Workers’ Movement”. From 1964 he was a member of the Editors Committee of the Polish Biographical Dictionary. 

From 1990 he was a visiting professor at the Universities in Göttingen, Darmstadt, Freiburg, Zentrum flir Antisemitismusforschung at the Technical University in Berlin.

Author of five monographs, 26 tomes of reference books in the area of Polish and European social history, mainly between the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of them have been translated and published abroad. He also wrote around 300 research papers published in Poland, Israel, the US, Germany, France, The United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Japan and Hungary.

He was the head of the Jewish Historical Institute from 1995 to 2006. He was also a member of the board of the Jewish Historical Institute Association in Poland. 


He received the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Cross of Merit. 


Some of his works:

  • The Year 1905 — From „The History of the Polish Country and Nation” series (1990)
  • The Long Shadow of the Holocaust: Historical Sketches  (1999)
  • Rememberance. The History of Polish Jews before, during and after the Holocaust  Barbara Engelking, Andrzej Żbikowski, Feliks Tych, Jolanta Żyndul (2002)
  • Facing the Nazi genocide: Non-Jews and Jews in Europe edited by Feliks Tych and Beata Kosmala (2004)
  • The Treasures of the Jewish Historical Institute: exhibition May — October 2006
  • The Consequences of the Holocaust: Poland 1944–2010: edited by Feliks Tych, Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska (2011)


We say goodbye to an extraordinary professor, great scientist and organizer. His excellent work ethic, his scientific diligence and consequence in pursuing his goals, as well as his almost pre-war manners and grace, will live on in our memories forever. 


Our deepest condolences go to his family and friends. 

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