Helping Jews During World War II – Stories, Contexts, Questions

Redakcja / Editorial staff / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 28th September 2018
2018 has been declared the “Year of Irena Sender”. In acknowledgement of that, POLIN Museum invites you to enrol in an adult education course entitled “Helping Jews During World War II - Stories, Contexts, Questions”.

“Helping Jews During World War II – Stories, Contexts, Questions” course sessions will be held at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews from 14th October to 3rd December 2018 (six sessions). APPLICATION FORM >>

The life story of Irena Sendler, a Righteous Among the Nations, will be the starting point for discussion about the diverse attitudes of Poles towards Jews during the Holocaust. During the course, we will look at aspects of this topic in POLIN Museum's Permanent Exhibition and in other exhibitions. We will also discuss the role of the Righteous in collective memory and in contemporary debates, on this subject, in Poland and in Europe.

We invite those working in cultural institutions, non-government organisations  as well as humanities students to participate in this course.

Applications will be accepted until Sunday 7th October. Confirmation of enrolment will be emailed to those interested on 8th October 2018.

Enrolment is free, however we cannot reimburse costs for travel, accommodation or meals.


The course will consist of six sessions for the whole group:

  • Sunday 14th October (2:00pm–5:30pm) – an introduction to the course and a walk around Irena Sendler's Warsaw led by Katarzyna Jankowska, a POLIN Museum guide.
  • Wedneday, 24th October (5:30pm–8:00p,) – a visit to the Holocaust Gallery of POLIN Museum's Permanent Exhibition and a discussion with Kamila Radecka-Mikulicz, Gallery curator.
  • Monday, 5th November (5:30pm–8:00pm) – Memory Captured in Exhibitions – with the participation of:
    » Dr Anna Stróż-Pawłowska, Director, the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jews in World War II in Markowa. 
    » Dr Aleksandra Namysło (IPN, the House of Remembrance of Górny Śląsk Jews, Curator of the exhibition “Preserving Life – Residents of Górny Śląsk and Zagłębie Dąbrowska Helping Jews During World War II”).
    » Klara Jackl (POLIN Museum, Curator of the exhibitions “They Risked Their Lives – Poles Saving Jews During the Holocaust” and “Between Life and Death – Stories of Rescue During the Holocaust”).
  • Monday, 12th November (5:30pm-8:00pm) – Polish and European Debates About the Righteous – a lecture by Prof. Alina Molisak.
  • Monday, 26th November (5:30pm-8:00pm) – Discourse About the Righteous in March’68 – featuring Dr Natalia Romik, Curator of the exhibition “Estranged. March '68 and Its Aftermath”.
  • Monday, 3rd December (5:30pm-8:00pm) – How Should We Talk About the Righteous? – a session co-led by course participants.

For further information about the course, please contact: Małgorzata Waszczuk,