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2013-01-24

The Museum hosts the representatives of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland

Last Wednesday, January 23rd, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews hosted Christian Schmitz, the Director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland, who had been invited by the Museum’s Director Andrzej Cudak and by deputy Director Dorota Keller. The meeting was also attended by Hanna Dmochowska from the Foundation, Albert Stankowski, the creator and originator of the Virtual Shtetl portal, Krzysztof Bielawski, the portal’s coordinator, and Mirjam Boehm, the cooperator of the Virtual Shtetl portal.

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After presenting the main objectives of the Museum and the core exhibition to the guests, both parties discussed issues related to the future cooperation. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation has financially supported the Virtual Shtetl portal since 2010, focusing primarily on the German version of the portal. Thanks to the Foundation’s contribution, in 2012 alone, 1350 pages on the history of Jews from East Central Europe were translated into German. Jewish heritage urban games were organized in Kołobrzeg and Szczecin last October. Extra copies of promotional materials in German and Polish were printed.

The German version of the Virtual Shtetl portal is to be expanded this year. The opening of the Museum will be accompanied by two urban games in Warsaw. Further details will be announced shortly.

Schmitz stressed that commemorating Jewish life, religion and culture and the Holocaust history are ‘eternal tasks’ for German people. Therefore, the Foundation shares the determination of the Virtual Shtetl to record Jewish history and to pass it on to younger generations. The cooperation may be extended to include other areas, such as conferences as well as educational and cultural events.

We are happy to partner with the Foundation and we are looking forward to further cooperation.

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