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Conference “From Ibrahim ibn Jakub to 6 Anielewicza Street”

Around 450 people from various countries participated in the academic conference “From Ibrahim ibn Jakub to 6 Anielewicza Street” which was held at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews between 11 and 14 May 2015.

The conference aimed at persenting the POLIN Museum Core Exhibition  to academic communities and discussing the state of knowledge on the history of Jews in Poland.

The Core Exhibition has been created for many years by a team of outstanding researchers from Poland and other countries headed by Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett from the New York University. Members of the team included, among others, Prof. Antony Polonsky and Prof. Marcin Wodziński as Principal Historians.


During the conference, experts on Polish-Jewish relations from all over the world had an opportunity to get acquainted with the content of the Core Exhibition. The exhibition’s historical narrative has become an inspiration for new questions and new research directions related to the rich heritage of Polish Jews.

Dr Wiktoria Moczałowa from the Association of Researchers and Lecturers of the Department of the Jewish Studies at the Sefer Universities in Moscow says: “I am simply dazed by the quality of this conference. I hope that both presentations and discussions will be published at the post-conference document. Frankly speaking, I envy you this conference.”

Similar remarks were expressed by Prof. Jonathan Webber from the Institute for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University: “The confernce was very interesting. It was probably the biggest gathering of people dealing with these topics. It was fantastic to see all these people together in one place.”

The participants in the conference summed up the achievements of the past few decades in research on the history and culture of Polish Jews, while identifying gaps in historiography. The discussion also evolved around the way POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute could support research and distribute its oucomes among the general public both in Poland and abroad.

The conference was organized by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Emmanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute. It was held within the Global Education Outreach Program and could be held thanks to the support of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, William K. Bowes, Jr., Foundation and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland.