Newsletter November 2020

Newsletter in English

European Association of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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November 2020

The Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation and the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival invite you to a discussion:

From Behind the Camera: Polish Jewish Narratives

Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness)
Roberta Grossman (Who Will Write Our History
introduced by
Shana Penn (Taube Philanthropies) 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Recording of the conference – click here

For over a century, films have influenced and shaped public opinion about historical events and social issues. Our esteemed speakers will share their experiences as creators of influential films particularly in the context of the complexities of the Polish Jewish narrative. They’ll discuss what motivated them to take up the camera and what they hope their films bring to the public forum.
The webinar will include a 45-minute discussion, followed by a 15-minute Q&A, in which you can ask questions submitted before or during the broadcast. 

Agnieszka Holland is one of the most celebrated Polish filmmakers and directors. Her first movie, Provincial Actors — a staple of Polish “cinema of moral unrest” — earned her the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. 

Roberta Grossman is an internationally acclaimed writer, director, producer, and member of the Academy’s Documentary branch. Through insightful and visually captivating movies, she explores important issues of Jewish history and social justice. Roberta’s credits include, among others, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2008), Hava Nagila: The Movie (2012), Above and Beyond (2015) and Allred (2018). Her 2018 movie, Who Will Write Our History — executive produced by Nancy Spielberg — became an international box office hit in the documentary genre.AEMJP accompagned Who Will Write Our History for its screenings in  London, Paris & Tel Aviv.

The talk is organised by The Taube Center – to see former TJHTalks, visit and subscribe to Taube YouTube channel

POLIN Museum

Online Academic Conference “…the news came like a bolt from the blue.
80th Anniversary of Sealing Off the Warsaw Ghetto

On 16 November 1940, armed guards appeared in the streets leading to the „Jewish residential district” established by the Germans in Warsaw. This symbolic date marks the creation of the largest Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe. The 80th anniversary of the event has given rise to the idea of organizing an academic conference

16 November (Monday), 10AM – 2PM CET

broadcast live on the POLIN Museum and co-organizers’ websites, and on the YouTube channel of the POLIN Museum

The program of the conference [PDF] >>

Presentations delivered in Polish with simultaneous translation into English The first ghettos in occupied Poland were established as early as the autumn of 1939. The Warsaw Ghetto was established a year later. Its creation was a complex, dynamic process. A large section of Warsaw’s city centre was transformed into a prison where 450,000 Jews lived and died.

International Online Conference 
In the Radiance of the Vilna Gaon:
History of Lithuanian Jewry

The Vilna Gaon is undoubtedly one of the most famous people to have lived in Lithuania. He became an influential religious leader in the Jewish world and has remained important for the Litvak religious tradition.

18 November (Wednesday) 2020, 10AM – 4PM CET, in English, via zoom

For advance registration to the online conference, please use the e-mail:
The program of the conference [PDF] >>

Conference co-organized by Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Poland and Vilnius University

Polin Museum at your home

“POLIN Museum in Your Home” is a special selection of exhibition tours, podcasts and AV recordings which will allow you to meet with us online on a regular basis.

In the coming days we will feature meetings with Maoz Azaryahu, Dariusz Stola, and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, among others.

We also invite you for a tour of our core exhibition titled “1000 Years of the History of Polish Jews”.

Past videos of the POLIN at Your Home Project

“What’s New? What’s Next? Jewish Studies in the time of pandemic”, a new podcast series

POLIN Museum invites you to listen to our new GEOP / Global Education Outreach Program podcast series:

“What’s New? What’s Next?
Jewish Studies in the time of pandemic”

Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett – New sources: Collecting the Pandemic

Epidemics in the Bible and Talmud
Prof. Maciej Münnich – Epidemics in the Bible
Prof. Jeremy Brown – Pandemics in the Talmud.

Automne of cinéma

The 18th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
16-22 November 2020 – online only

The 2020 edition of the Festival takes place entirely online; attendance is free. is the first ever and the largest Jewish Film Festival in Poland and eastern Europe, and it was established in 2003. Movies which are dedicated to exploring Jewish culture, history and contemporary life of Jewish communities from around the globe.

Program of the festival
Facebook page of the festival

Festival du cinéma israélien de Paris
Festival of Israeli Cinema in Paris
25-29 November 2020 – online only

With a tribute to Arik Einstein – the movie A Standard Love Song is a musical biography of Arik Einstein, the artist whose voice was an anchor of Israeli culture, and whose story is the story of Tel Aviv and of Israel and Israelis: dreamers, warriors, artists and lovers (read more and listen to Arik Einstein!).

Website of the festival
Programme of the festival

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