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POLIN: How To Be Jewish, Polish and European?

Dates:
  • Mon 13 Jun 2016 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-06-13 17:00 2016-06-13 19:00 Europe/Paris POLIN: How To Be Jewish, Polish and European?

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built in a Holocaust site and memorial complex, struggles against a tendency to reduce Jewish history to the Holocaust and restores agency to its victims. It is probably the most comprehensive museum of Poland's history, and proves this history does not make sense without the Jews. It presents the national history from a non-nationalist perspective and retroactively changes the meaning of who we have been. It highlights peoplehood and re-valorises diaspora, while transcending the present borders of Eastern Europe. It shows a history that has not ended and it is a ongoing process itself. It has attracted international attention, half a million visitors in 18 months and has been recognised as the European Museum of the Year.


Dariusz Stola is director of POLIN, The Museum of Polish Jews, professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, and at Collegium Civitas, fellow at the Center for Migration Research, Warsaw University. He has published ten books and more than hundred articles on the history Polish-Jewish relations, the communist regime in Poland and on international migrations in the 20th century, including: Nadzieja i zaglada (Hope and Extermination, 1995); Kampania antysyjonistyczna w Polsce 1967-1968 (The Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland 1967-1968, 2000); Kraj bez wyjscia? Migracje z Polski 1948-1989 (Migration from Poland 1948-1989, 2010); Patterns of Migration in Central Europe (2001, with C. Wallace); PRL: trwanie i zmiana (People’s Poland: Continuity and Change, 2003, with M. Zaremba); PZPR jako machina wladzy (PZPR as a Machine of Power, 2012, with K. Persak), and three history textbooks for secondary schools. He has lectured in history and served on advisory boards of several Polish and international institutions and journals.

Seminar Room Mansarda DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room Mansarda

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built in a Holocaust site and memorial complex, struggles against a tendency to reduce Jewish history to the Holocaust and restores agency to its victims. It is probably the most comprehensive museum of Poland's history, and proves this history does not make sense without the Jews. It presents the national history from a non-nationalist perspective and retroactively changes the meaning of who we have been. It highlights peoplehood and re-valorises diaspora, while transcending the present borders of Eastern Europe. It shows a history that has not ended and it is a ongoing process itself. It has attracted international attention, half a million visitors in 18 months and has been recognised as the European Museum of the Year.


Dariusz Stola is director of POLIN, The Museum of Polish Jews, professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, and at Collegium Civitas, fellow at the Center for Migration Research, Warsaw University. He has published ten books and more than hundred articles on the history Polish-Jewish relations, the communist regime in Poland and on international migrations in the 20th century, including: Nadzieja i zaglada (Hope and Extermination, 1995); Kampania antysyjonistyczna w Polsce 1967-1968 (The Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland 1967-1968, 2000); Kraj bez wyjscia? Migracje z Polski 1948-1989 (Migration from Poland 1948-1989, 2010); Patterns of Migration in Central Europe (2001, with C. Wallace); PRL: trwanie i zmiana (People’s Poland: Continuity and Change, 2003, with M. Zaremba); PZPR jako machina wladzy (PZPR as a Machine of Power, 2012, with K. Persak), and three history textbooks for secondary schools. He has lectured in history and served on advisory boards of several Polish and international institutions and journals.


Location:
Seminar Room Mansarda

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
Francesca Parenti - Send a mail

Organiser:
Pavel Kolar (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Speaker:
Prof. Dariusz Stola (The Museum of Polish Jews)
 
 

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