The Association’s statutory activities include keeping and preserving the memory about the history and culture of Polish Jews and about their contribution into the global cultural heritage. Since 2005, the Association has been fulfilling those goals by supporting programme activities of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. So far, PLN 19 million have been raised towards this goal, of which PLN 17,2 million have been spent (until 2013).

The most important projects implemented together with the Museum are:

“Virtual Shtetl”

“Virtual Shtetl” is an online platform presenting the history of the Jewish community in Poland – from little townships to large cities. The website presents archive and contemporary materials, such as documents, city maps, relics of the past, photographs and recordings. The site’s users can add information, which means Virtual Shtetl is a community space, where human interactions are formed. Thanks to the knowledge collected by the website, young people, students, inhabitants of even the smallest villages, and descendants of Polish Jews scattered around the world can discover and examine previously unknown history. The portal is available in Polish, English, German, and Hebrew. The knowledge it shares supplements traditional forms of cultural education and lets its visitors participate in creating the virtual exhibition.

The website:

“The Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History”

The project is dedicated to people who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. According to the Talmud, “Whosoever saves a single life, saves an entire universe". The Righteous stood up to evil, taking a huge risk. In this sense, they saved us and our humanity. The portal is available in Polish and English. Its core is the collection of several hundred rescue stories. Texts are accompanied by photographs, documents, fragments of audio interviews and film recordings. Interviews with witnesses of history – rescuers, survivors and witnesses – are conducted by trained researchers. Our educational work includes training teachers and educators, organising panel discussions and issuing publications. We encourage the public to use our materials: lesson scenarios, film testimonies, the virtual exhibition and commemorative albums of Polish Righteous.

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“Polish Intercultural Youth Encounters: Educational programme for students from Poland and Israel”

“Polish Intercultural Youth Encounters: Educational programme for students from Poland and Israel” engages participants from Poland and Israel in projects run by individual departments of the Museum. They take part in workshops, go sightseeing in Warsaw and other Polish cities, get acquainted with multilayered Polish-Jewish history and with modern culture of Poland and Israel. The programme is based on the ideals of intercultural creative work, overcoming prejudice, and building the foundations for a new view of Polish-Jewish relations.

“Polin Academy”

The Polin Academy is a training programme for future employees and collaborators of the Museum, preparing them for a broad range of professional tasks. Academy graduates will obtain skills allowing them to work as guides to the Core Exhibition as well as to temporary exhibitions at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. They will be qualified to conduct museum lessons and educational workshops.