The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw is ready after many months and will be officially open to the public with a major exhibition on 28 October 2014, as announced by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Małgorzata Omilanowska.
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, 2013, cr: Wojciech Krynski/Forum
The museum’s recent history commenced in 1995 when the project was initiated, thanks to the support of individuals and institutional donors from around the world. It continued primarily as a social initiative until January 2005, when the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the mayor of Warsaw and the head of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw signed an agreement to establish the museum. It is the first public-private institution of its sort in Poland, created jointly through the efforts of the government, local authorities and non-governmental agencies.
As published on their website, the museum’s mission is to contribute to the formation of modern individual and collective identities amongst Poles, Jews, Europeans and citizens of the world by recalling the thousand years of Polish-Jewish history. Their main vision is to make the Museum of the History of Polish Jews an important and innovative centre for research, education and culture – a platform for social change, offering a profound, transformative experience and promoting new standards of narrative history.
Located at 6 Anielewicza Street in Warsaw, the museum's initial opening is now scheduled for 28 October, 2014.
Omilanowska also informed about construction and preparations for the opening of the World War II Museum in Gdańsk and the Museum of Józef Piłsudski in Sulejówek. Both investments are delayed. Deputy Minister hopes that the deadline for completion of the museum in Gdańsk will be soon, and the museum in Sulejówek should be ready for the 150th anniversary of Piłsudski in 2017.
Source: culturepl, Musuem of the History of Polish Jews
Edited by E.M. 23.01.2014