Meeting of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum`s Board of Trustees

The second meeting of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum`s Board of Trustees was held via Internet at full complement. The aim of the meeting was to provide information on what has been done so far and to present plans of actions to be taken in 2020 and in the future

26 May 2020

In view of the tightened provisions related to the epidemic threat, the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees was conducted via an online platform.

The Director of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum – Albert Stankowski – discussed the activities carried out in 2019. He discussed exhibitions, collections, investments and the staff of the institution which is undergoing the organisational process. The statement was further elaborated by Hanna Węgrzynek – the Deputy Director for Research and Exhibition Programming, who presented three outdoor exhibitions prepared in 2019. She also talked about scientific and educational projects as well as cooperation with other institutions – in Poland and abroad. Dr Węgrzynek also presented two publications issued by the Warsaw Ghetto Museum – the album “Szpital Bersohnów i Baumanów” [eng. Bersohn and Bauman Children’s Hospital] and “Wspomnienia. Moja wersja” [eng. Memories. My version] by Wacław Izaak Kornblum. Investment details, including preparations for a call for tender for the design of the permanent exhibition and renovation of the historic building of the Bersohn and Bauman Children’s Hospital, were presented by Aleksandra Skibniewska – the Deputy Director for Economic, Investment and Organisational Affairs.

Professor Daniel Blatman – the chief historian of the permanent exhibition of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum – for the first time presented details of the permanent exhibition scenario which he has been developing together with an international team of historians over the past year.

The Members of the Board of Trustees unanimously gave a positive opinion on the report on the activities of the Museum in 2019. They also suggested to the director Albert Stankowski that a scientific committee should be established, composed of renowned historians working on the issues related to World War II, especially to the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto and genocide. The committee would be a permanent advisory body in the field of activity of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum.

The Warsaw Ghetto Museum – an institution in the process of formation – was established in March 2018 by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. It is planned that the permanent exhibition will be opened in April 2023, on the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in the historical building of the former Bersohn and Bauman Children’s Hospital.

Since September 2019, the Warsaw Ghetto Museum`s Board of Trustees has been composed of: Colette Avital, the bishop Dr Mieczysław Cisło, Michael Schudrich, Adam Struzik, Małgorzata Naimska, Artur Hoffman, Dr Jan Kutnik, Irene Kronhill Pletka, Anna Stupnicka-Bando, Gideon Nissenbaum, Barbara Blumenthal, Abraham Foxman, Marian Turski, Wacław Kornblum, Jarosłąw Sellin. The Secretary of the Board is Marek Jeżowski.

Miłka Skalska, press spokeswoman of the Warsaw Ghetto Museum

Photo Warsaw Ghetto Museum