Linked by History. Polish-Jewish Relations in the Polish territories

Over forty researchers, scientists and specialists from all over Poland will present the results of their work as part of the interdisciplinary conference ’Linked by History. Polish-Jewish Relations in the Polish Territories’, which will take place from November 20–22, 2019 at the headquarters of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.

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’Linked by History. Polish-Jewish Relations in the Polish territories’ is a large-scale project inaugurated in 2018. It aims to gather articles and publish a series of books consisting of both monographs and volumes devoted to specific aspects of Polish-Jewish contacts.

We want to present both cooperation, rivalry and conflicts, as well as various dimensions of coexistence of representatives of those two nationalities on Polish land throughout history — emphasizes the chairman of the conference prof. Anna Landau-Czajka.

A three-day symposium held on November 20–22, 2019 at the headquarters of the Jewish Historical Institute will be a summary of the first stage of the project 'Linked by History. Polish-Jewish Relations in the Polish Territories.'

The aim of the conference is to show the multiculturalism of the lands of the Rzeczpospolita (the Republic of Poland) on the example of relations between Polish and Jewish communities and an attempt to answer the questions: How did the contacts between the two communities develop over the centuries?

What were their relations like in the difficult 20th century? Was a community of citizens formed above divisions? How were civic identity, culture and a sense of responsibility for the country developed?

How the emergence of political anti-Semitism and nationalism affected Polish-Jewish relations?

More than forty researchers from many academic centers from all over Poland, as well as people dealing with Polish-Jewish relations, doctoral students and specialists (historians, sociologists, psychologists, literary scholars, anthropologists, culture scholars, journalists) will present the results of their research. They cover a very wide range of topics and time — from the 16th century to modern times. Many presentations concern the coexistence of both nationalities in specific cities, in professional organizations, Polish-Jewish relations in music and literature. Much space is also devoted to the times of the Holocaust.

The conference will also include a meeting devoted to book of Prof. Dr. Hab. Jan Doctor entitled: Brothers, Strangers or Fellow Citizens. Christian debates on Judaism and its followers in Europe until the beginning of the 19th century. It is the first volume of the 'Polish-Jewish Relations' series published by the Jewish Historical Institute. Prof. Stanislaw Obirek and Prof. Anna Landau-Czajka will attend the discussion with the author.


Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multiannual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022.


Project partners:

Instytut Nauk Socjologicznych i Pedagogiki SGGW w Warszawie

Instytut Judaistyki Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego

Zakład Historii Społecznej XIX i XX wieku IH PAN

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