It is a direct response to a series of events that in recent time threatened these relations and challenged a process of reconciliation. There are indications that we lack basic knowledge, but are also led by misconceptions and anti-Semitic prejudices that determine the way Jews and the Holocaust are perceived. It is a global issue, but in Poland – due to our common history – particularly acute.
With this project we invite the audience to a series of seven panel debates held from March till November 2019 in the Galicia Jewish Museum in Cracow. The panels led by Adam Szostkiewicz, author and journalist at “Polityka” will host some of the most recognisable Polish historians, researchers and experts who will explore difficult subjects in Polish-Jewish relations and confront the most striking misconceptions.
The programme includes following topics:
- Righteous or Shmaltsovniks (blackmailers)? Polish Attitudes towards Jews during the Second World War (25/03/2019)
- Strategies of Survival: The Fates of Jews in Occupied Poland (15/04/2019)
- Jews and Israel. The Attitudes of Jews from the Diaspora toward Israel (27/05/2019)
- Polish Anti-Semitism. The Sources and Scale of Anti-Semitism in Polish Society (24/06/2019)
- Catholic Church and the Jews (23/09/2019)
- Do the Jews Rule the World? Conspiracy Theories (28/10/2019)
- The Jews and Communism (25/11/2019)
To amplify the educational dimension of the project short videos and fact-sheets will be produced, summarising the most important facts and data from each debate, tackling related fake facts and stereotypes. These materials are designed as a practical tool for teachers and will be available to download online.
The final project event "#Others: Media and Prejudices" under the Evens Foundation “Media Meets Literacy” label will frame all the issues discussed during the project and analyse them in a wider, Central Eastern European context. During the final event in Warsaw (November 28, 2019) we will examine the relations between media and prejudices and how they fuel contemporary propaganda and influence current European reality.
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