Chairman of the Board
BiographySince 2009 Piotr Wiślicki takes an active role in the process of building of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. He is the co-owner of Dantex S.A. company since its establishment, the Vice President of the Management Board, and Director General, as well as the President of the Management Board of Dantex Wilcza Sp. z o.o. company. Mr. Wiślicki has graduated from Warsaw University of Technology. He is a founder member of the Polish B’nai B’rith which operates since 2006, and he participated in the establishment of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland on behalf of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland.
Vice Chairman of the Board
BiographyMarian Turski, historian and journalist, has been the head of historical section of the Polityka weekly since 1958. He is a member of the Main Board of the Association of Jewish Veterans and Victims of the Second World War, a Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee, a Member of the International Council of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and a member the Council of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site. Mr. Turski is an author or a co-author of numerous books.
Since March 24, 2009 Mr. Turski acts as the Chairman of the Council of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
BiographyGraduated from the University of Warsaw with a Master of Science in geochemistry and mineralogy. Worked in the Institute of Industrial Chemistry as an academic researcher for 30 years. At the same time he was learning about preserved objects/items of the material culture of Polish Jews.
1981, he was one of the founders of the Social Committee for the Protection of Jewish Cemeteries and Cultural Monuments in Poland, and since 1994 holds the office of its Chairman. He became a member of the Association of the JHI in 1985 and since 1990 occupies the position of the Secretary of the Board of the AJHI. In 1991 he begun working on the development of the Register of Monuments Department in the JHI.
Mr. Jagielski is the author of numerous articles about Jewish cemeteries, co-author of Katalog Zachowanych Synagog w Polsce [Register of Extant Synagogues in Poland] and Niezatarte ślady Getta Warszawskiego [Indelible trails of the Warsaw Ghetto]. In 1998 he was awarded the Diploma of the Israeli Embassy for the preservation of Jewish cultural monuments in Poland. He is the 2005 winner of the Jan Karski and Pola Nireńska Prize, and the 2009 winner of the Irena Sendlerowa Prize awarded by Taube Foundation.
Secretery of the Board
BiographyJan Doktór (born in 1952) has a master’s degree in economics. He defended his doctoral thesis on “Messianic teaching of Jacob Frank as a reaction to the crisis of the religious tradition of the 18th-century Polish Jewry” in 1990, at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. (The thesis was published in 1991, under the title “Jakub Frank i jego nauka” – “Jacob Frank and His Teaching”). In 1999 he presented his post-doctoral thesis – the monographic study “Śladami mesjasza – apostaty; żydowskie ruchy mesjańskie w XVII I XVIII wieku a problem konwersji” (“Following in the footsteps of the apostate messiah; Jewish messianic movements in the 17th and the 18th century and the problem of conversion” – Wrocław 1998). At present, he is an academic at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, and the editor in chief of the Jewish History Quarterly. He edited and published Frankist manuscripts: “Rozmaite adnotacje, przypadki, czynności i anegdoty Pańskie” (“Various Annotations, Adventures, Doings and Anecdotes of the Lord”, Warsaw, 1996); “Księga słów Pańskich; ezoteryczne wykłady Jakuba Franka” (“The Book of the Words of the Lord; Esoteric Lectures of Jacob Frank” - Warsaw, 1997, two volumes); as well as Sefer Shivhei ha-Besht (In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov). He is the author of the books: “W poszukiwaniu żydowskich kryptochrześcijan; dzienniki ewangelickich misjonarzy i ich wędrówek po Rzeczypospolitej w latach 1730-1747” („In Search of Jewish Crypto-Christians; Diaries of Evangelical Missionaries and Their Peregrinations around the Commonwealth in the years 1730-1747” - Warsaw, 1999); “Początki chasydyzmu polskiego” (“The Beginnings of Polish Hasidic Judaism”, with Magdalena Będowska - Warsaw, 2004); “A World Hidden in Books” (Warsaw, 2011); “Misjonarze i żydzi w czasach mesjańskiej zawieruchy 1648-1792” (“The Missionaries and the Jews in the Times of Messianic Unrest 1648-1792” - Warsaw 2012).
Member of the Board
BiographyBarbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and member of the Board of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. She is University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, where she has been affiliated with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust (with Mayer Kirshenblatt), The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (with Jonathan Karp), and Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (with Jeffrey Shandler), among others.
She was honored for lifetime achievement by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, received an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the 2015 Marshall Sklare Award for her contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry. She was recently decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by the President of Poland for her contribution to POLIN Museum. She currently serves on Advisory Boards for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum Vienna, Jewish Museum Berlin, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, and museum and exhibition projects in Lithuania and Israel.
Member of the Board
BiographyGraduate of the Institute of History, University of Warsaw. In his master’s dissertation, written under the supervision of Professor Jerzy Tomaszewski, he discussed Jewish organisations involved in anti-Nazi boycotts in the years 1933-1935. Since 2004 he has cooperated with non-governmental organisations working towards inter-cultural dialogue. Connected with the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute since 2007. He was the curator of the inter-war gallery of the Core Exhibition, and currently he coordinates the Information Centre of the POLIN Museum.
member of the Board
BiographyGraduate of educational studies. She worked as consultant therapist at the Children’s Memorial Health Institute. In 1991, she founded and still runs the schools of the Civic Educational Association (Społeczne Towarzystwo Oświatowe, STO). She represents the STO at the Commission of Social Dialogue on Education. She is a member of the club of head teachers of non-public schools, and an expert of the Warsaw Cultural Education Programme. Since 2012, she has been a co-owner of the SJ Consulting company. She was one of the founding members of the Jewish Association B’nai B’rith in Poland.
member of the Board
BiographyHe holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an MA from the Warsaw School of Economics. Until December 2014 he was a partner at the KPMG company, and head of the Corporate Finance Group at KPMG Poland. He had worked for the company since 1998. He has significant experience in managing groups of consultants working on mergers, acquisitions, consolidation and restructuring of companies in Central and Eastern Europe. In the recent years, he has participated as an expert in transactions worth in total more than euro 5 billion. Before joining the KPMG, he worked for Citibank, International Finance Corporation and the Toronto Dominion Bank. Since 2010, he has acted as the Museum Director’s Chief Fundraising Adviser and the Chair of the POLIN Museum Development Committee.