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Dariusz Stola has still not been officially appointed Director of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews by the Polish Minister of Culture
Jewish Summer in Poland
Shalom on Szeroka Concert — music and Havdalah in the center of Krakow
Each year, at the end of June the AEMJP actively supports the Jewish Culture Festival, taking place in Krakow. And we are always moved when we see thousands of people from all around the world who celebrate Havdalah in public at the end of Shabbat. And those who dance to a variety of styles of Jewish music – klezmer, jazz, Arab-Israeli, fusion, etc. Join us in Krakow in 2020!
You can watch the whole concert on the facebook site of the Festival.
Meanwhile at POLIN Museum…
Bauhaus Exhibition opening
In King Matt’s Poland
Closed on July 1, 2019, the exhibition “In King Matt’s Poland: The 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence” was one of the biggest successes of the POLIN Museum.
Inspired by a children’s novel written by Polish-Jewish author and pedagogue Janusz Korczak, it is one of the six best exhibitions for children in the world – it was nominated to the 2019 Children in Museums Award. The winner was announced in October – congratulations to our friends from Dakar, Senegal – Kër ImagiNation!
POLIN Museum Annual Prize
Biographies and Politics: Involvement of Jews and People of Jewish Origin in Leftist Movements in 19th and 20th Century Poland
Polish parliamentary elections (October 13, 2019)
- Tal Bruttmann – historian of the Holocaust and of antisemistism, ; author of, among others, Auschwitz (La Découverte, coll. « Repères : histoire », 2015); with Ch. Tarricone: Les 100 mots de la Shoah (Puf, coll. « Que sais-je ? », 2016) and with C. Zalc: Microhistories of the Holocaust, New York, Berghahn, 2017.
- Jean-Yves Potel – academic and writer, expert of the history of Central Europe and of Poland. Author of dozens of books, and his latest publications include a special issue of the Esprit quarterly devoted to Poland, et a series of texts about the meaning of 1989.
Ambassador of Israel to Poland
Mrs Anna Azari has been the Israeli Ambassador to Poland since 2014. She worked in Poland during certainly the most difficult period in Polish-Israeli relations since 1989. She promises not to leave Poland forever though, as her son has decided to stay in Poland, for the present with his new girlfriend, and Mrs. Azari will certainly come back to visit the couple (cf. Jerusalem Post). In September 2019, Mr Alexander Ben-Zvi was appointed to the position of Israeli Ambassador to Poland.
French Ambassador to Israel
Mrs Hélène Le Gal leaves Tel Aviv after three successful years as French Ambassador to Israel, and now assumes the same job in Morocco. It is Mr Eric Danon who, since August 22, 2019, represents France in Israel. Cf. his biography (in French) on Wikipedia.
A new book about Europe
One of the founding members of the European Association, Liliane-Carol Benoit, wrote a short yet very informative book review of the recent work by Jean-Paul Benoit and Michel Desmoulin, L’Europe: l’être ou le néant – Europe: Being or Nothingness.
“A provocative title for an essay in the form of dialogue led by a journalist with two activists of the European cause, one of whom – Jean-Paul Benoit – is a former European MP. The former President of the European Parliament, Baron Crespo, in a philosophical and dynamic preface, notes that this book ‘goes far beyond the European elections and raises the essential questions about the European project’.
Conference: 30 Years after the Round Table
(Trente ans après la table ronde)
Paris, September 20, 2019, 6:30 PM
Bibliothèque polonaise de Paris
Introduction by Pierre ZALESKI, Président de la Société Historique et Littéraire Polonaise & Head of the Bibliothèque Polonaise de Paris
Film « L’énigme polonaise » by Georges MINK and Virginie LINHART
Discussion: Georges MINK, Jérôme HEURTAUX & Ania SZCZEPAŃSKA.
Louvre-Lens – Exhibition
Poland – to Paint the Soul of a Nation
Pologne 1840-1918 Peindre l’âme d’une nation.
Karol Modzelewski (1937-2019) was a Polish-Jewish historian, writer, politician and academic, died on April 28.
A professor at the University of Wrocław and the University of Warsaw, he was expelled from the Polish United Workers Party in 1964. With Jacek Kuroń he co-wrote the Open Letter to the Party, for which he was imprisoned for three years.
He participated in the Polish 1968 political crisis, and for his activities he was again imprisoned for three and a half years.
During the 1980 strikes he came up with the name of ‘Solidarity’. Till the end of his life, he regretted that Polish economic freedom came with a quasi-complete disregard for those who were not able to participate in the competition imposed by the new capitalism.
Featured image: Tel Aviv Bauhaus