Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; CES Director & Resident Faculty, Harvard University; CES Seminar Chair, Harvard University
September 5, 2018
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, has been considered one of the best examples for promoting Polish-Jewish dialogue and relations since 1989. Since it opened in 2014, this award-winning museum has attracted more than 1.3 million visitors. This year, the museum and its Director, Dariusz Stola, have come under attack from the Polish government for politicizing the museum and working against Polish interests. The attacks were prompted by a new exhibit called “Estranged. March '68 and Its Aftermath,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of a large-scale antisemitic campaign that resulted in the exodus of nearly 13,000 Poles of Jewish origin from Poland. Stola has also been outspoken about the controversial “Holocaust Bill” passed by the Polish Senate to make it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in the Holocaust.
Stola will address the issues related to this debate and discuss the future of the museum.