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  • 29 January 2019

    Embassy of the Republic of Poland hosted an annual conference to launch Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Vol. 31.


    Organised by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies and the Institute of Jewish Studies, University College London (UCL), and supported by the Embassy and the Polish Cultural Institute in London, the conference discussed the usefulness of historical comparisons thinking about the different social and cultural trajectories of Hungarian and Polish Jews, the Holocaust, historical consciousness, and the role of Jews in the respective entertainment industries.


    Ambassador of Poland Arkady Rzegocki opened the conference together with UCL’s François Guesnet and Vivian Wineman, President of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies. He said: “Two days ago, we commemorated the Holocaust Memorial Day. Also today we must pay tribute to the almost 6 million victims and survivors of the Holocaust. As always during our conferences, we have the honour to have among us the survivors. Holocaust Memorial Day also makes us reflect on all those, who have resisted and fought evil, especially the Righteous Among the Nations.”


    During the conference, members of discussion panels took on the topics of the potential for historical comparison between the Hungarian and Polish Jews, including in entertainment before the Second World War. Among the speakers were Howard Lupovich (Wayne State University), Antony Polonsky (Brandeis University), Victor Karady (Central European University), Tim Cole (University of Bristol), Anna Manchin (Rutgers), Mary Gluck (Brown University) and Beth Holmgren (Duke University).


    The event ended with a presentation of Barry Cohen’s book Opening the Drawer. The Hidden Identities of Polish Jews, which brings together illustrated profiles of three generations of Poles who discovered their hidden Jewish identity in often surprising ways.


    Polish Embassy UK Press Office


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