Promotional meeting for Joanna Michlic’s book in Warsaw

We are inviting you to a discussion accompanying promotion of the book titled „Poland’s Threatening Other. The Image of the Jew from 1880...”.

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We are kindly inviting you to Museum Of Polish Jews Polin in Warsaw on 17th September at 6 pm during which Joanna Beata Michlic will be promoting her book „Poland’s Threatening Other. The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present” published in Poland by Jewish Historical Institute.

In this provocative and insightful book, Joanna Beata Michlic interrogates the myth of the Jew as Poland’s foremost internal “threatening other,” harmful to Poland, its people, and to all aspects of its national life. This is the first attempt to chart new theoretical directions in the study of Polish-Jewish relations in the wake of the controversy over Jan Gross’s book Neighbors. Michlic analyzes the nature and impact of anti-Jewish prejudices on modern Polish society and culture, tracing the history of the concept of the Jew as the threatening other and its role in the formation and development of modern Polish national identity based on the matrix of exclusivist ethnic nationalism.

Besides the author in the discussion on prejudices and antisemitism will participate: 

Konstanty Gebert – journalist, translator, publicist of „Gazeta Wyborca”. founder of „Midrasz” magazine.

Prof. Andrzej Paczkowki – history profess, lecturer at Collegium Civitas, member of Council of The Institute of National Remembrance.

Paula Sawicka – psychologist, social activist, former president and current vice president of „Open Republic” Association Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia. Her conversations with late Marek Edelman were published as a book „I była miłość w getcie”.

Discussion will be moderated by Małgorzata Pakier, Ph.D. (POLIN Museum).

Jewish Historical Institute is co-organizing this event. 

Admission free.

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