DIRECTOR OF THE WARSAW GHETTO MUSEUM
Historian, scholar of Jewish history, who has published on the history of Polish Jews. One of the creators of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The originator and developer of the Virtual Shtetl portal. Member of the Jewish Historical Institute Association in Poland, the POLIN Museum Council, and the Witold Pilecki Institute of Solidarity and Valour Council. Graduate of MBA Studies Programme of the Warsaw School of Economics and the Museum Studies Programme of the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw. Visiting scholar of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York. Awarded with the Golden Star (NCIV) of the National Council for International Visitors and the Decoration for Merit to Polish Culture.
1. How Many Polish Jews Survived the Holocaust?; Jewish Religious Life in Poland after the Holocaust, in: Jewish Holocaust in Poland, 1944 – 2010, Edited by Feliks Tych and Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska; Jerusalem: Yad Vashem 2014.
2. Zerwanie stosunków dyplomatycznych z Izraelem przez Polskę w czerwcu 1967 roku (The break of diplomatic relations with Israel by Poland in June 1967), in: Rozdział wspólnej historii. Studia z dziejów Żydów w Polsce (A Chapter of the Common History. Studies in the History of Jews in Poland, Warsaw: Cyklady, 2001.
3. Nowe spojrzenie na statystyki dotyczące emigracji Żydów z Polski po 1944 roku (A new look at the statistics of Jewish emigration from Poland after 1944), in: Studies in the History and Culture of Jews in Poland after 1945. Warsaw: Jewish Historical Institute, 2000.
Dr Hanna Węgrzynek
DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR RESEARCH AND EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING
Historian, scholar of the history of Jews in Poland, including Christian-Jewish relations, the Warsaw Jewish community, and portrayals of the Holocaust in Polish history textbooks. Author of numerous publications on the subject. Exhibition curator, among others, “Twarz getta”/The Face of the Ghetto and “Mille ans des Juifs en Pologne”/Thousand Years of Jewish Presence in Poland. Graduate of Historical Studies Programme of the University of Warsaw and Doctoral Studies at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Earlier research positions include: the Central Archives of Historical Records, the Polish National Commission for UNESCO, the Jewish Historical Institute and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Awarded with the Decoration for Merit to Polish Culture.
- New Directions in the History of the Jews in the Polish Lands, Brighton MA, 2018 (with Antony Polonsky and Andrzej Żbikowski).
- Regestr osób żydowskich spisany w miesiącu styczniu roku 1778 w Warszawie (Registry of Jewish persons registered in a census of January 1778 in Warsaw), Warsaw 2016.
- Żydzi i Polacy w okresie walk o niepodległość 1914-1920 (Jews and Poles during the 1914-1920 struggle for independence). Materials from a conference which accompanied an exhibition entitled “Jew, Pole, legionnaire 1914-1920,” Warsaw 2015 (ed.).
- “Die Darstellung des Holocaust in polnischen Lehrplänen und Lehrbüchern für Geschichte in der Zeit von 1943 bis 1989” (Presentation of the Holocaust in Polish history curricula and textbooks for the period of 1943 to 1989), in: Auschwitz im Kontext. Die ehemaligen Konzentrationslager im gegenwärtigen europäischen Gedächtnis (Auschwitz in context. Former concentration camps in present European memory), Bogusław Dybaś, Irmgard Nöbauer, Ljiljana Radonić, Frankfurt am Main 2017.
- “Interceding in Rome: Deputations of the Polish Jews to the Papal Court”, w: Czasy Nowożytne/Modern Times, Volume 30, 2017.
- “Problematyka Zagłady w polskich podręcznikach szkolnych” (The topic of the Holocaust in Polish school textbooks), in: Studia Żydowskie Almanach/Jewish Studies Almanac, Volume 6, 2016.
- „Napływ Żydów do Warszawy i Pragi w drugiej połowie XVIII wieku” (The influx of Jews to Warsaw and Praga in the second half of the 18th century), in: Skąd się biorą warszawiacy? Migracje do Warszawy w XIV – XXI wieku (Where are the inhabitants of Warsaw from? Migrations to Warsaw from 14th to 21st century), Eds. Katarzyna Wagner, Krzysztof Zwierz, Przemysław Piechocki, Warszawa 2016.
- “The Jews Role in the Polish Rural Economy and Its Evolution, c. 1400 – 1700,” in: Juden und ländlische Gesellschaft in Europa zwischen Mittelalter und Früeher Neuzeit – 15. – 17. Jahrhunderet Kontinuität und Kresie, Inklusion und Exclusion in einer Zeit des Übergangs (Jews and Rural Society in Europe between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period – The 15th to 17th Century continuity and creed, inclusion and exclusion in the times of transition), Wiesbaden, 2016.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR ECONOMICS, ORGANISATION AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
16 years of experience in business consulting and management of infrastructure projects for State Treasury companies, local and international corporates and SMEs. Expert in Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Research and Development, and Finance. Graduate of Management Studies Programme of the University of Warsaw, the Business School of the University of Plymouth, the Hogeschool voor Economische Studies in Amsterdam, and the Postgraduate European Studies of the Warsaw School of Economics.
Professor Daniel Blatman
Daniel Blatman is the Max and Rita Haber Professor in Contemporary Jewry and Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also the head of the Avraham Harman Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry and the former director of the Centre for the Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jewry at the same university. He has worked on the history of the Jewish labour movement in Eastern Europe, the Holocaust in Poland, Nazi annihilation policy and the 20th century genocide.
1. For our Freedom and Yours, The Jewish Labor Bund in Poland 1939–1945, 2003.
2. Reportage from the Ghetto, The Jewish Underground press in Warsaw Ghetto, 2005.
3. The Death Marches, The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide, 2011.
4. Ed. Conflicting Histories and Coexistence: New Perspectives on the Polish-Jewish Encounter, 2014.
5. “Holocaust scholarship: toward a post-uniqueness era,” Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 17 no. 1, 2015.
6. “Beyond National Identities: New Challenges in writing the History of the Holocaust in Poland and Israel,” in Antony Polonsky et. al. (eds.), New Directions in the History of the Jews in the Polish Lands, 2018.
Dr August Grabski
SENIOR HISTORY RESEARCH PROJECTS EXPERT
Historian of the Jewish community in the 20th century Poland. Formerly, Researcher of the Jewish Historical Institute, Expert for the National and Ethnic Minorities Committee of the Polish Parliament and Editor of the “Studies in Political and Historical Geography” scholarly periodical. Author of numerous publications. Graduate and Research Associate of the Institute of History at the University of Warsaw. Visiting scholar of the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research and of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. Co-author of the Core Exhibition of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Awarded with the Decoration for Merit to Polish Culture.
1. August Grabski, Centralny Komitet Żydów w Polsce (1944-1950). Historia polityczna (Central Committee of Polish Jews (1944-1950). A Political History), Warsaw 2015.
2. August Grabski (ed.), Rebels against Zion, Studies on the Jewish Left Anti-Zionism, Warsaw 2011.
3. August Grabski, Maciej Wójcicki, Żydowski Związek Wojskowy. Historia przywrócona (The Jewish Military Union. History restored), Warsaw 2008.
4. August Grabski, Lewica przeciwko Izraelowi. Zbiór studiów o żydowskim lewicowym antysyjonizmie (The Left Against Israel. Collection of studies on Jewish leftist anti-Zionism), Warsaw 2008.
5. August Grabski, Działalność komunistów wśród Żydów w Polsce (1944-1949) (Communist activism among Jews in Poland (1944-1949)), Warsaw 2004.
Dr Halina Postek
HEAD OF EDUCATION
Ethicist, educator, university lecturer. Graduate of the Institute of Philosophy at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw. Doctor of Humanities and a longstanding lecturer at the Pedagogical University of Warsaw. Her Jewish subject lectures included History of Polish Jews, Polish-Jewish relations, Jewish Community and Introduction to Judaism. Her research focuses on the Ethics and Pedagogy of the Musar Movement, an ethical-religious movement which developed among Orthodox Lithuanian Jews in mid-nineteenth century.
1. Musaryzm: miedzy chasydyzmam a haskalą (The Musar movement: between Hasidism and the Haskalah), in; Studia Europae Gnesnensia 9/2014, Poznań – Gniezno 2014.
2. “Rola nauki, nauczania i nauczyciela w tradycji żydowskiej” (The role of learning, teaching and the teacher in the Jewish tradition), in: Pedagogika dialogu, Nauczyciele dialogu (The pedagogy of dialogue, teachers of dialogue), Warsaw 2011.
3. Dialog chrześcijańsko-judaistyczny, in: Pedagogika dialogu. Doświadczenie dialogu w rzeczywistości XXI wieku (The pedagogy of dialogue. Experiencing dialogue in the realities of the 21st century), Warsaw 2010.
Talmudic scholar, researcher of Jewish texts. Born in Sydney Australia. Studied in Gateshead Yeshiva in the United Kingdom where he obtained his rabbinical ordination. After relocating to Israel, he lectured and continued his studies of Jewish law and classical Hebrew works in various institutions specialising in in-depth analysis of halacha, among them the Tzanz Talmudic Academy. He resides in Warsaw.
Dr Wiesława Młynarczyk
ASSOCIATE FOR EDUCATION
Specialist in education on Holocaust and post-Holocaust Jewish history. Author of numerous educational publications on the subject. She participated in many training programmes and projects in Poland and abroad, including those organised by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Memorial de la Shoah in Paris, the House of the Wannsee Conference, the Ghetto Museum at the Terezín Memorial, Bates College in Lewiston, Maine (USA), and study tours of Ukraine.
1. Warszawska Szkoła Centralnego Komitetu Żydów w Polsce (The Warsaw School of the Central Committee of Polish Jews) in: Warszawa-miasto w opresji (Warsaw, a city of oppression), ed. K. Krajewski, Warsaw 2010.
2. Świadectwa literackie (wybór, opracowanie i wstęp do rozdziału, ćwiczenia z tekstami literackimi) (Literary testimonies (selection, annotation and chapter introduction to literary texts, with study tasks) in: Wybór źródeł do nauczania o Zagładzie na okupowanych ziemiach polskich (Selection of sources for teaching on the Holocaust in the occupied Polish lands), ed. A. Skibińska and R. Szuchta, Warsaw 2010.
3. Holokaust oczami dziecka (Holocaust through the eyes of a child), co-author of an educational documentary screenplay, Warsaw 2008, Fundacja Shalom.
4. W jaki sposób Irena Sendlerowa ratowała dzieci żydowskie w czasie Zagłady (How Irena Sendler saved Jewish children during the Holocaust), educational materials based on “Sendler’s Children,” a feature film, in: Mulimedialne Wydawnictwo Edukacyjne, Warsaw 2008, NCK and WCIES.
5. Drama-Korczak-Holokaust (Drama-Korczak-Holocaust), in: Dylematy i wyzwania polskiej edukacji (Dilemmas and challenges of Polish education), ed. P. Trojański, Oświęcim 2008.
Dr Magdalena Tarnowska
HEAD OF EXHIBITIONS DEPARTMENT
Art historian and certified curator. Graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Her research focuses primarily on the art of Polish Jews in the period between the end of the 19th century and the 1950s, in particular on the art created in the Warsaw ghetto. She has presented her research results at national and international scholarly conferences, among others, the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. In the years 1993-2008, she was a member of the staff of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute Museum; in the years 2009-2012m she was a member of an expert team established by established by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the purpose of researching the provenience of Jewish assets in the possession of Polish museums. Currently, he holds the post of Assistant Professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. Holder of scholarships of the Hanadiv Charitable Foundation and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Awarded with the Medal of the Commission of National Education for her educational activities. Author and co-author of numerous exhibitions and publications on the oeuvre of Jewish artists in Poland.
1.Artyści żydowscy w Warszawie 1939-1945 (Jewish artists in Warsaw 1939-1945), DiG, Warsaw, 2015.
Archiwum Ringelbluma. Tom IV. Gela Seksztajn 1907-1943.
2.Życie i twórczość (Ringelblum Archive. Volume IV. Gela Seksztajn 1907-1943. Life and oeuvre), Warsaw 2011.
Tadeusz Bornstein (1919-1942).
3.Losy i twórczość w czasie drugiej wojny światowej (Tadeusz Bornstein (1919-1942). Personal lot and oeuvre during the Second World War), Kwartalnik Historii Żydów/Jewish History Quarterly, Warsaw 2017, no. 2/262.
4.Dziedzictwo kultury żydowskiej w Polsce – badania proweniencji muzealiów – specyfika, cele, korzyści, zagrożenia? (Jewish cultural heritage in Poland – Research on the provenance of museum exhibits – Specificity, purposes, benefits, threats), “Zarządzanie w Kulturze” (Management in Culture) Kraków 2016, Volume 17, no. 1.
5.Żydowskie środowisko artystyczne w Warszawie w latach 1945-1949 (Jewish art scene in Warsaw 1945-1949) in: “Pamiętnik Sztuk Pięknych. Sztuka Polska 1945-1970” (Journal of Fine Arts. Polish Art 1945-1970), Ed. J. W. Sienkiewicz, E. Toniak, Toruń 2015, no. 9.
Prof. Konrad Zieliński
HEAD OF SCIENTIFIC AND RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
Professor of social sciences, head of the Department of Ethnic Research at the Faculty of Political Sciences of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, editor-in-chief of the annual „Almanach. Jewish Studies” published by the Centre for Jewish History and Culture in Zamość. Scholarship holder of, among other, Foundation for Polish Science, Fulbright, DAAD. He is the vice-chairman of the Program Council of the Jewish Historical Institute. He deals with the history and culture of Jews in Poland and in Russia, selected aspects of national politics in the USSR, migration processes, ethnic and religious relations.
1. Polish-Jewish relations on the territory of the Kingdom of Poland during the First World War, UMCS Publishers, Lublin 2005.
2. The Shtetl in Poland 1914-1918 [w:] The Shtetl: New Evaluations, ed. S. Katz, New York University Press, New York – London 2007, s. 102-120.
3. To Pacify, Populate and Polonize: Territorial Transformations and the Displacement of Ethnic Minorities in Communist Poland, 1944-1949 [w:] Warlands. Population Resettlement and State Reconstruction in the Soviet-East European Borderlands, 1945-1950, ed. P. Gatrell, N. Baron, Polgrave Macmillan, New York 2009, s. 188-209.
4. About the Polish Republic of Soviets. Activities of Polish communists in Soviet Russia in 1918-1922, UMCS Publishers, Lublin 2013.
5. Liberation or Occupation? Jews in the occupied territories of the Kingdom of Poland, „Medaon. Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forscchung und Bildung” 10 (2016), 18, s. 1-13.
6. The Lost World. Polish Jews. Photographs from 1918-1939, Boni Libri – ŻIH, Lublin-Warsaw 2015 (co-author).
Dr Rafał Batkowski
Police Inspector (Retired). Former Commander of the Masovian Province Police and the Wielkopolska Province Police, with national level responsibility for international cooperation and combating terrorism. Graduate of the University of Warsaw, the Police Academy and the National Defence University. Doctor of Social Science. University lecturer, author of publications in the field of security. Developer of strategies, programmes and projects for counteracting threats.
SECRETARY TO THE DIRECTOR
12 years of work experience as an educator and coordinator of youth education projects with the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland. Active in organisation of Jewish cemetery and synagogue commemorations. Completed Romance Language Studies at the University of Warsaw. Instructor of the Polish Scouting Association and the Commander of one of Warsaw’s voluntary emergency medical service units.
Economist, public finance sector specialist with expertise in budget execution of public sector entities, with extensive experience in cultural institution controlling. One of the organisers of the National Digital Archives, which included establishing its statutory, legal, organisational and financial structures. Subsequent head of the institution’s accounting, human resources, administration and registry unit, she engaged in the design and settlement of the Culture+ Multiannual Programme under the Digitisation Priority and implementation of various EU funds supported projects. Kamila has since provided her consultancy services to many cultural institutions, supported them in development of internal regulations, preparation of grant funding applications and in the conduct of internal audits.
Expert in the field of civil law, civil procedure, labour law, building regulations and codes, intellectual property rights, and business transaction law. She has figured on the list of attorneys-at-law maintained by the Warsaw Bar Association and has practiced law since 2005. Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw.
HEAD OF ECONOMICS
18 years of management consulting experience in international consultancies. Over 12 years of experience in management of projects and large teams. His professional achievements include efficiency improvement and corporate restructuring projects for Polish companies and multinationals. Graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics.
PRESS OFFICER AND HEAD OF PROMOTION AND COMMUNICATION
Journalist with 25 years of professional experience. She presented and produced news and current affairs programmes for TVP Channel, executed several hundred original shows, among them historical documentaries. At TVP3 Warszawa Channel, her responsibilities included, among others, coverage of cultural and Warsaw related topics. Recipient of the Audience Award at the Zamość Encounters with History 2014 Festival for her feature entitled „Mój Ojciec Generał”/My Father, a General. Awarded the Jubilee Medal at the occasion of 55th Anniversary of the Society of Friends of Warsaw for dissemination of knowledge about Heroes of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw.
Marek S. Jeżowski
ASSOCIATE OF THE PROMOTION AND COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
Conference interpreter, copywriter, literary and technical translator in the Polish-English language pair with 30 years of professional experience. He has cooperated, among others, with Poland’s Council of Ministers, the Senate and the Sejm, the National Bank of Poland, and its central regulatory agencies. A regular vendor of, among others: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Investment Bank and global rating agencies. He translated into Polish the majority of the poetic material included in Siddur Beit Polin. Prayer Book for Weekdays, Sabbats and Festivals, ed. Gil Nativ. Graduate of the Faculty of English at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, the Translation Studies Programme of the University of Cambridge, the Warsaw Academy of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York.