On the 70th anniversary of the establishing of the Central Committee of Polish Jews (CCPJ) the Jewish Historical Institute is organizing a conference during which the Institute’s staff will present the results of research into the Committee’s activities; their presentations will be commented on by well-known specialist from other institutions. During the session, the exhibition presenting the Committee’s work will be opened. Both the research and the exhibition are focused not on the structures of the institution but on the people and the issues the Committee had to face.
The collection of posters is part of the JHI’s archives. These and other posters, as well as many other documents, will be part of the After the Holocaust. The Central Committee of Polish Jews (1944–1950).
Promoting Jewish culture was one of the Committee’s statutory tasks. Initially, due to the difficult post-war situation, not a lot of resources could be dedicated to this goal — in 1945 only 1,8% of the CCPJ’s budget went to cultural and religious initiatives, over time this number rose to 18%. On one hand the Committee tried to support the Jewish artists who survived the Holocaust, on the other it tried to salvage what was left of pre-war Jewish art. The associations connected to the CCPJ ran, among other things, libraries, cultural centers and artistic groups.
We invite you to participate in the conference and visit the exhibition dedicated to the Central Committee of Polish Jews.