Symposium at the Jewish Historical Institute — summary

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Jewish Historical Institute and the opening of the permanent exhibition, What we were unable to shout out to the world, dedicated to the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, on 14 and 15 November an academic symposium took place in the Institute.

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photo: Grzegorz Kwolek

On 14 November, we had an opportunity to hear two lectures about the Ringelblum Archive. Samuel Kassow from the Trinity College, author of Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, published in Polish translation by the JHI Publishing House, gave a lecture about the history and methodology of Oneg Shabbat. Angel Luis Encinas Moral from Universidad Complutense de Madrid dedicated his presentation to the Spanish translation of the Inventory of the Ringelblum Archive.

The „70 years of the Jewish Historical Instituteacademic symposium had a honorary patronage of Professor Jerzy Duszyński, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The symposium was opened by Professor Paweł Śpiewak, Director of the JHI, who briefly summarized his term and presented future plans for the Institute, and Marian Turski, President of the Association of the JHI of Poland, who spoke about shared history of the JHI and the Association. Among honorary guests were: Karel Fracapane (UNESCO), Irene Pletka (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research), Haim Gertner (Yad Vashem Institute) and Sara J. Bloomfield (The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington).


  1. Stephan Stach (Contemporary History Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague) — Political and social history of the JHI – key moments
  2. Andrzej Żbikowski (JHI) – Academic research at the JHI over the course of years
  3. Nicolas Berg (Simon Dubnov Institutem Leipzig) – In German, for Germans: how Józef Wulf transferred the legacy of Emanuel Ringelblum and the JHI to Western Europe
  4. Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences) – „Bleter far Geszichte” — a brief history of the periodical. Academic reconnaissance
  5. Mikołaj Getka-Kenig (Institite of History of Art, Jagiellonian University, Kraków) — The JHI Museum (1947–2017).

The symposium was hosted by Andrzej Żbikowski and Jan Doktór.

Commenters: Daniel Grinberg (Institute of History and Poitical Sciences – University of Białystok), Renata Piątkowska (POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews), Andrzej Rykała (Geographical Sciences Faculty, University of Łódź).

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