On May 20, 2021, the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute and the Museum of Warsaw opened a new chapter in cooperation. The institutions’ directors: Monika Krawczyk and Dr. Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska signed an agreement aimed at mutual exchange of knowledge and experience related to the study of the history and heritage of Jews in Warsaw.
Monika Krawczyk, director of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, Dr. Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska, director of the Museum of Warsaw. Photo by Marta Caban / Museum of Warsaw
For 80 years, the Museum of Warsaw has been gathering collections related to Warsaw and popularizing them, cherishing the memory of this extraordinary city, its inhabitants and residents. The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is the oldest Jewish institution that studies the history and culture of Jews in Poland. The partnership of these two institutions will be based on the exchange of knowledge they accumulate about Polish Jews living in the capital, cooperation in educational initiatives, and cultural and exhibition events.
„We are honored with the possibility of institutional cooperation with the Museum of Warsaw. Polish Jews have been and are an integral part of the life of the capital city throughout history, and similarly in many other cities and towns in the Republic of Poland. As a state cultural institution specializing in Jewish issues, we are glad to open up new fields of joint initiatives to restore the memory of this community. I am convinced that our institutional contacts will benefit a wide audience,” said Monika Krawczyk, director of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute.
”The history of Warsaw must be complete. In our tale about this multicultural city, we want to focus more on the history of Jewish culture. We should remember that before World War II, the Jewish community constituted a third of the capital's population. The support of the JHI, which has the largest collection of documents on the history of Jews in Poland, is invaluable to us,” said Dr. Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska, director of the Museum of Warsaw.
Among the goals of the agreement will be cooperation in areas such as organizing a film series and exhibition initiatives about the history of Jews in Warsaw and the reconstruction of Jewish life after the war, carried out at the Museum of Warsaw, and the July 22 March of Remembrance, commemorating the 1942 great deportation from the Warsaw ghetto – an event organized by the Jewish Historical Institute. The institutions will also commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of Janusz Korczak, whose activities and scientific achievements are collected and popularized by the branch of the Museum of Warsaw – Korczakianum, located in the former building of Korczak’s orphanage at 6 Jaktorowska Street in Warsaw.
An opportunity to exchange knowledge will be presented by a joint study of the history of items found during the archaeological excavations conducted by the Museum of Warsaw in 2013-2014 in the Krasiński Garden, which are to be presented next year in the Warsaw Ghetto Findings Office at the permanent exhibition "The Things of Warsaw" at the Museum of Warsaw.