(In)Separable. Difficult Subjects in Polish-Jewish Relations

The Evens Foundation is a partner of the Galicia Jewish Museum project that aims to address and overcome key stereotypes and misunderstandings related to the Polish-Jewish relations.

It is a direct response to a series of events that in recent time threatened these relations and challenged a process of reconciliation. There are indications that we lack basic knowledge, but are also led by misconceptions and anti-Semitic prejudices that determine the way Jews and the Holocaust are perceived. It is a global issue, but in Poland – due to our common history – particularly acute.

With this project we invite the audience to a series of seven panel debates held from March till November 2019 in the Galicia Jewish Museum in Cracow. The panels led by Adam Szostkiewicz, author and journalist at “Polityka” will host some of the most recognisable Polish historians, researchers and experts who will explore difficult subjects in Polish-Jewish relations and confront the most striking misconceptions.
The programme includes following topics:

  • Righteous or Shmaltsovniks (blackmailers)? Polish Attitudes towards Jews during the Second World War (25/03/2019)
  • Strategies of Survival: The Fates of Jews in Occupied Poland (15/04/2019)
  • Jews and Israel. The Attitudes of Jews from the Diaspora toward Israel (27/05/2019)
  • Polish Anti-Semitism. The Sources and Scale of Anti-Semitism in Polish Society (24/06/2019)
  • Catholic Church and the Jews (23/09/2019)
  • Do the Jews Rule the World? Conspiracy Theories (28/10/2019)
  • The Jews and Communism (25/11/2019)

To amplify the educational dimension of the project short videos and fact-sheets will be produced, summarising the most important facts and data from each debate, tackling related fake facts and stereotypes. These materials are designed as a practical tool for teachers and will be available to download online.

The final project event #Others: Media and Prejudices under the Evens Foundation Media Meets Literacy label on 28 November 2019 in Warsaw framed all the issues discussed during the project and analysed them in a wider European context. Prof. Michał Bilewicz (Center for Research on Prejudice, University of Warsaw), Anna Górnicka (Outriders) and Draginja Nadaždin (Amnesty International Poland) were invited by Adam Szostkiewicz (Polityka) to discuss methods that media could deploy to counteract prejudices and hate speech towards minority groups.
The debate was preceded by an interactive experience designed to enable the guests to explore the tensions between media representation and identity.

You can see the full photo report here.

David Sypniewski

The Evens Foundation is a partner of the Galicia Jewish Museum project that aims to address and overcome key stereotypes and misunderstandings related to the Polish-Jewish relations.

It is a direct response to a series of events that in recent time threatened these relations and challenged a process of reconciliation. There are indications that we lack basic knowledge, but are also led by misconceptions and anti-Semitic prejudices that determine the way Jews and the Holocaust are perceived. It is a global issue, but in Poland – due to our common history – particularly acute.

With this project we invite the audience to a series of seven panel debates held from March till November 2019 in the Galicia Jewish Museum in Cracow. The panels led by Adam Szostkiewicz, author and journalist at “Polityka” will host some of the most recognisable Polish historians, researchers and experts who will explore difficult subjects in Polish-Jewish relations and confront the most striking misconceptions.
The programme includes following topics:

  • Righteous or Shmaltsovniks (blackmailers)? Polish Attitudes towards Jews during the Second World War (25/03/2019)
  • Strategies of Survival: The Fates of Jews in Occupied Poland (15/04/2019)
  • Jews and Israel. The Attitudes of Jews from the Diaspora toward Israel (27/05/2019)
  • Polish Anti-Semitism. The Sources and Scale of Anti-Semitism in Polish Society (24/06/2019)
  • Catholic Church and the Jews (23/09/2019)
  • Do the Jews Rule the World? Conspiracy Theories (28/10/2019)
  • The Jews and Communism (25/11/2019)

To amplify the educational dimension of the project short videos and fact-sheets will be produced, summarising the most important facts and data from each debate, tackling related fake facts and stereotypes. These materials are designed as a practical tool for teachers and will be available to download online.

The final project event #Others: Media and Prejudices under the Evens Foundation Media Meets Literacy label on 28 November 2019 in Warsaw framed all the issues discussed during the project and analysed them in a wider European context. Prof. Michał Bilewicz (Center for Research on Prejudice, University of Warsaw), Anna Górnicka (Outriders) and Draginja Nadaždin (Amnesty International Poland) were invited by Adam Szostkiewicz (Polityka) to discuss methods that media could deploy to counteract prejudices and hate speech towards minority groups.
The debate was preceded by an interactive experience designed to enable the guests to explore the tensions between media representation and identity.

You can see the full photo report here.

David Sypniewski
Second (online) Edition of Debate Series (In)Separable

We are pleased to invite our Polish speaking audience to the second edition of the (In)Separable. Difficult Subjects in Polish-Jewish Relations discussion series. The Evens Foundation partnered again with the Galicia Jewish Museum in Cracow to continue this well-received initiative. This time our panelists hosted by Adam Szostkiewicz (“Polityka”) will be exploring above mentioned difficult subjects through the lens of emotions that they evoke: harm, greed, betrayal, love...

For the time being we moved online – the panel debates are published monthly and available to watch here.

News | Online Debate May 2020

Greed? (Post-)Jewish Property in Poland

Who took over the property of Polish Jews during the occupation and immediately following the war? What were the mechanisms and circumstances of taking over Jewish real estate and movable property? What were the attitudes of the new owners of Jewish property towards Jews? What was the course of the retrieval of property by Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust and their descendants after the war? What are the problems faced today in the field of the restitution of Jewish property?

Discussion participants: Paweł Piotr Reszka, Dr. Łukasz Krzyżanowski, Nawojka Cieślińska-Lobkowicz
Led by: Adam Szostkiewicz (“Polityka”)

You can watch the panel debate here.

News | Online Debate June 2020

Betrayal? Anti-Polish Attitudes in Israel

What do contemporary Israelis know and think about Poland? What influences the way Poland is perceived by the Israelis? Is there an anti-Polish attitude in Israel?

Discussion participants: Dr. Daniel Wolniewicz-Slomka, Ambassador Agnieszka Magdziak-Miszewska, Dr. Sebastian Rejak
Led by: Adam Szostkiewicz (“Polityka”)

You can watch the panel debate here.

News | Online Debate July 2020

Harm? On the Rivalry in Suffering, Commemoration, and Mourning

Reflection on the difference between Polish and Jewish memory of the Second World War and the Shoah. Do memorial sites connect or divide? What is their future?

Discussion participants: Dr Edyta Gawron and Prof. Jacek Leociak
Led by: Adam Szostkiewicz (“Polityka”)

You can watch the panel debate here.