Statement of the Community Council, an advisory body to the Director of POLIN Museum

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As representatives of Poland’s Jewish community and organizations dedicated to the history and culture of Polish Jews, and as members of the Community Council which advises the Director of POLIN Museum, we appeal to the Museum’s cofounders to promptly enter into a dialogue which will lead to the appointment of POLIN Museum’s director. We cannot accept the fact that a cultural institution that is so important to us remains in a limbo, with its future uncertain.

The founding agreement signed in 2005 by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, City of Warsaw, and Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, and the Statute of POLIN Museum stipulate that the appointment of the director of POLIN Museum requires consensus of the three founders. To ignore this regulation is to threaten the very foundation of POLIN Museum’s operation. Protracting the deadlock is sure to result in the Museum losing its credibility in the eyes of visitors, donors, and world opinion.

We call urgently for honoring mutual obligations.


Andrzej Folwarczny — Forum for Dialogue

Piotr Puchta — Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland

Gołda Tencer — Shalom Foundation

Lesław Piszewski — Jewish Religious Council in Warsaw

Jonathan Ornstein — Jewish Community Centre Kraków

Agata Rakowiecka — Jewish Community Centre Warszawa

Marian Turski — POLIN Museum Board

Michael Schudrich — Chief Rabbi of Poland

Sebastian Rejak — AJC Central Europe

Aleksandra Leliwa-Kopystyńska — The Association of „Children of the Holocaust” in Poland

Piotr Wiślicki — The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland

Marian Kalwary — Association of Jewish Combatants and Victims of World War II

Helise Lieberman — Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation

Artur Hofman — Jewish Social-Cultural Association in Poland

Klara Kołodziejska-Połtyn — Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland

Paweł Śpiewak — Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

Grażyna Pawlak — The Prof. Moses Schorr Foundation 

Alina Świdowska - Second Generation Association – Descendants of Holocaust Survivors

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