The Jewish Cultural Heritage project 2020-2024

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The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw is the oldest Jewish organization in Poland and one of the world’s most important research facilities focusing on the history of Jews who have been living in Poland for centuries. We possess Poland’s largest collection of Judaica: documents, books and works of art related to the history and culture of Polish Jews. The Institute’s mission is to preserve this legacy and make it available to the public in Poland and abroad. Our priority for the coming years is the compile, digitize and share the historical sources from the JHI collection.


Thanks to cooperation with the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews we are implementing the predefined project Jewish Cultural Heritage for 2020–2024. The undertaking is co-financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014–2020 (85%) and from the Polish state budget under the Culture Program (15%).


The aim of this project is to enlarge our collection and make it available for education, research, exhibitions, popular science materials and publications about the history and culture of Polish Jews. We will compile, digitize, edit and share with the public large parts of our collection dealing with Polish Jewish history – from the Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century. These activities will allow for a more complete presentation of unique art collections, material heritage, documents and books, showing the presence of Jews in Poland and their relations with the Polish state, Poles and other ethnic groups living in our country. In particular, the project will cover selected parts of the archives of the Jewish Religious Community in Kraków, a collection of photographs and audiovisual materials regarding the period from 1860 to the present, literary collections related to Jewish spirituality, art collections, sources related to Jewish cemeteries, as well as archives and materials (including diaries and memories) about the Holocaust.


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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is a partner of the project

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