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Exploring Polish/Jewish history and relations with Forum for Dialogue

May 2 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for a presentation from the Director of Forum for Dialogue, Olga Kaczmarek, followed by a Q&A discussion.

Polish/Jewish history spans over a thousand years of complex relations, mutual codependence, growth, as well as prejudice, antisemitism, discrimination, and stereotyping. The Holocaust brought about the murder of most European Jews on the Polish territory. The pre and postwar social and political dynamics in Poland complicate further the Polish/Jewish relations in Poland and abroad. At the same time the last 20 years have been a period of growing awareness and discussion about Jewish history in Poland and of commemorating it. To make sense of these processes, it is important to know what has been the Polish historical narrative, how has Jewish history impacted that narrative, and what is happening now in Poland in terms of memory and commemoration of the 3 million Polish Jews who died in the Shoah or emigrated just after.

Based on over two decades of experience in educating about Jewish history in Poland and fighting antisemitism, Forum for Dialogue presents a unique take on the ways in which history informs current affairs and shows the ways to counter abuses of history and heal the rifts created by prejudice.

Check out these two short movies presenting vital actors in Polish/Jewish dialogue: activists, students, and descendants of Polish Jews:

Leaders of Dialogue: Guardians of Memory 

Taking On the Story

Forum for Dialogue is dedicated to inspiring new connections between contemporary Poland and the Jewish people. Forum recognizes that the traces of ties that were ruptured in World War Two remain in memories and family stories, but also in misunderstandings and prejudices harbored. Our work in Poland focuses on raising awareness of the histories of Jews in Poland, including the way these histories were conveyed to descendants of Polish Jews. We show different perspectives on shared historical events. Internationally, we facilitate the formation of bonds between Jews and the country of their ancestors. We build people-to-people trust. We confront difficult questions. We connect people and their histories.
We work with thought leaders, activists, teachers and students from Poland and from abroad. Together we hope to write a new chapter in Polish/Jewish history. Learn more about the organization here.

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