We have won awards at the 2017 Wierzba Museum Events Competition!

Mateusz Szczepaniak / English translation: Andrew Rajcher, 21st September 2017
With great pride, we announce that we have received awards in the 11th Wierzba Mazovian Museum Events Competition, organised by Mazovian Provincial Government. We won third place in "The Best the Open Museum Project of 2016" for the new version of our Polish Righteous website (sprawiedliwi.org.pl) – a multimedia compendium of knowledge about Poles rescuing Jews during the Holocaust. Two other POLIN Museum projects also earned awards in the competition.

Presentation of the awards took place on 21st September 2017 at the Romanticism Museum in Opinogóra in the presence of the Speaker of the Mazovian Provincial Parliament Adam Struzik.

Entries into this year's competition inccluded eighty six projects opened in 2016. Among them were ten exhibitions prepared by smaller museums, twenty four by larger museums, twelve open museum projects fourteen educational projects and twenty four publications. Competition panel members named thirty five winners in five categories.

Among the winners were three projects of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews – third place in the "Open Msueum Project" and "Educational Museum Project" categories was award to the new www.sprawiedliwi.org.pl website and to the Daffodils social and educational campaign. Nominated in the "Project Organised by a Large Museum" category was POLIN's temporary exhibition "Frank Stella and Synagogues of Old Poland".

Our award-winning Polish Righteous website (sprawiedliwi.org.pl) was unveiled on 5th December 2016, during an event during which young people met with Holocaust survivor Elżbieta Ficowska. This annual event, by chance, took place on the 74th anniversary of the estavlishment of the "Żegota" Council to Aid Jews. Participants in that event included Righteous Among the Nations and Vice-President of the Institute of Narional Remembrance, Dr Mateusz Szpytma.

Read more about the unveiling of our new website

Our website was redesigned and had new functions added to it. These included a more advanced responsiveness and search engine which aided searching through our collection of more than a thousand stories of aid, with the ability to also search for the names of Rescuers and Rescued, dates and places of birth and death, as well as the places where aid was provided to Jews and a description of the type of that aid. Our new website was made possible through the financial support of Tomek Ulatowski, as well as of Carmit and Ygal Ozechov.

Information about all the award winners can be found on the website: Wierzba Museum Events Competition.

Over the past year, we have earned an award in the Sybilla Museum Event of the Year Competition, organised by the National Institute of Museums and Public Collections – read more here.