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04.06.2019 | 19.00 Uhr

Polin: A Museum of Jewish Life at a Holocaust Site

The Political Museum
Lecture by Dariusz Stola

In the lecture series “The Political museum” representatives of European art and cultural institutions talk about their work and their vision in a changing political climate. Increasingly, political representatives – especially those of the new populist governments – are interfering in the work of museums and memorial sites, thus asserting their right to re-interpret history in the light of recent political debates.


Dariusz Stola will begin the lecture series with his own, very current case: despite high visitor numbers and important European awards, which Polin Museum has earned in recent years, his contract was not renewed. Prof. Stola, who is a recognized historian of Polish-Jewish relations in the 20th century, will present the museum and describe how Jewish history is portrayed there. The Polin Museum is part of a Holocaust memorial site: it is located in front of the Warsaw Ghetto monument, but it is not a Holocaust museum. It presents the whole, thousand years-long history of the Jews in Poland, with its glorious and tragic chapters, including the controversial topics of anti-Semitism under Nazi and Communist rule.


Andrzej Osiak (Consulate General of Poland in Munich) will give a short welcome speech and after his lecture Dariusz Stola will talk with the historian Dirk Rupnow (Innsbruck University).


The lecture and discussion will be in English.



Venue NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, Auditorium

Admission free

Organiser NS-Dokumentationszentrum München in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Munich

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