Research groups


The Research Group on Jewish Spirituality on Polish soil

The research group „Jewish Spirituality on Polish Soil was organized by the Jewish Historical Institute and the Judaic Studies Institute of Warsaw University. The group will deal with all kinds of manifestations of religious and spiritual life of Polish and European Jews over the centuries. Members of the group will successively present findings of their current studies as well as their planned and ongoing research projects. Results of the group’s work will be gathered and published as a collective work, „Jewish Spirituality in Poland,” part II, in 2014. 

Chairman of the groupdr hab. Jan Doktór (ŻIH), dr hab. Michał Galas (Instytut Judaistyki UJ)


The Research Group on Editing the Ringelblum Archive

The research group at the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute working on a complete edition of the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto collection (the Ringelblum Archive) which waslisted on UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” Registerin 1999– received, on October 31st, 2012 by decision of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, a grant in the amount of 2,137,876 PLN under the National Program for the Development of the Humanities for the realization of this project. So far, there have appeared in the Ringelblum Archives series seven volumes of documents; the next two volumes will appear in print later this year. Thanks to the grant, we plan to publish a further 22 volumes in the years 2013–2017.

Editor-in-chief: prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Epsztein

Coordinator: dr Katarzyna Person


the warsaw ghetto encyclopedia workshop

The Warsaw Ghetto Encyclopedia Workshop is the title of a research project, which aims at presenting a possibly complete and detailed picture of the Warsaw Ghetto. Despite a growing number of source materials and research publications, many questions still need more insight. Basing on vast resources – above all, on the documents from the Ringelblum Archive – research team members work on a number of issues regarding history, economy, social and cultural life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Results will be published online.

The Encyclopedia will be complemented by an interactive map, prepared on the base of collected materials.

Head of the group: prof. Andrzej Żbikowski


The Research Group on the Culture and Intelligentsia of the Yiddish Language

The group was established in Fall 2012 and its research activities are devoted to researching modern Yiddish culture. The group cooperates with the Polish Association of the Yiddish Studies. 

The first project realized by the group was a seminar entitled „The Intelligentsia of Yiddishland.”

In Polish historiography, cultural and literary studies, interest in the Jewish intelligentsia is still rather one-sided. It often comes down to paying attention to issues of assimilation and/or acculturation and anti-Semitism. Thus far, little attention has been paid to the processes that shape the individual and to programs of the national, multilingual Jewish intelligentsia, whose least described part is the Yiddish-speaking intelligentsia.

Head of the group: dr Karolina Szymaniak



The Research Group on Modern Jewish History/Culture and Its Links with Polish History

We navigate over a broad area: 1944 to the present day. Such broad timeframes, thanks to joint work, should enable us to look at the whole history/culture of the Jews in this period and, importantly, to observe the dynamics of change. Changes that concern the shape of the Jewish community are obvious. Others, such as the mutual relations of history/culture of Jews and Polish history/culture are considerably less so. Perhaps there will be fewer changes than it seems at the start.

Currently, the research team members work on materials about the history of the JHI and on an edition of the Central Jewish Historical Commission’s publications.

Head of the group: dr Helena Datner.


The Warsaw Research Group

At the beginning of 2009, at the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, the Warsaw Research Group was established.

Zofia Borzymińska has been head of the Group since the beginning:

The Group currently comprises:

  • dr Zofia Borzymińska;
  • prof. dr hab. Jan Doktór;
  • dr Paweł Fijałkowski;
  • dr hab. Rafał Żebrowski.

The aim of the institution is primarily to study the history of the Jews, commemorate lives of the Jews in Warsaw and Masovia from their early settlement till the outbreak of the World War II (in September 1939), by:

  • initiating and conducting wide scope of research, including both social and political life and cultural life (including religious one)
  • publishing the findings
  • participating in activities aimed at popularizing knowledge of this subject

Head of the group: dr Zofia Borzymińska


The Research Group for the Study of Personal Holocaust Testimonies

Personal documents in studying the Holocaustis the working title of a research project that aims at studying and expounding on Archival Unit No. 301, which consists of Holocaust testimonies from Poland’s territories. The collection is a result of the work of the Central Jewish Historical Committee (CJHC), a community institution already functioning as early as August 1944. Thanks to its efforts one of world’s major body of documentsreporting the Holocaust through the eyes of its victims was gathered. The collection of documents compiled by the CJHC over the years has been enriched by further testimonies and today it numbers over 7,000 units.

Head of the group: Marta Janczewska
























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