On January 17, POLIN Museum officially opened the LEGACY Gallery, sponsored by the European Association of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (AEMJP).
The Legacy gallery showcases the fascinating lives and achievements of Polish Jews. Those featured in this Legacy gallery and in the accompanying book and programs also lived through times of great uncertainty and change.
Their fates reflect the Jewish historical experience of the modern period: acculturation, assimilation, openness to the wider world, participation in new social and political movements, the emergence of secular Jewish culture, migration, and ultimately the Holocaust.
Polish and Jewish, they had to contend with limitations and obstacles, but also saw new opportunities. Their contributions to Polish and Jewish culture and to world civilization are a legacy for humanity. Although some of these individuals left Poland or were distant from Jewish life, Polish Jewish values influenced their life choices in no small measure
Below, a few pictures from the Gallery and from the Museum taken during our first visit at the Legacy Gallery. This inspirational space will make us organize many in depth events to explore these ideas and biographies.