"From Ibrahim ibn Yakub to Anielewicza Street" conference summary

An international conference, "From Ibrahim ibn Yakub to 6 Anielewicz Street" (11-14 May) introduced POLIN Museum's core exhibition to the scholarly public and reviewed the present state of knowledge on the history of Jews in Polish lands. The conference was attended by over 350 scholars and experts from America, Europe, and Israel. The scholars responsible for the core exhibition presented its main principles. During the panels that followed, scholars assessed the state of the field and set out directions for future research and international collaboration. POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute can play a vital role in supporting these developments.

The conference was organized by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Jewish Historical Institute.






Reviews of the Conference:

It has been my honor and pleasure to see at the museum so many distinguished scholars from all over the world, the greatest gathering in Poland ever of experts in Polish-Jewish history. I am grateful for their insightful comments on the state of the art of our field of research and the innumerable words of praise for the museum that we heard in the last four days. Our museum would have been impossible without the impressive development of Polish-Jewish studies in the past three decades. Now we can contribute to their further development by organizing conferences like this one.

Director Dariusz Stola


 he conference, “From Ibrahim Ibn Yakub to 6 Anielewicz Street,” was a great success by all accounts. One colleague described the conference program as an “intellectual feast,” as indeed it was. This was the largest and most important conference on the history of Polish Jews ever to be held in Poland. A large, illustrious, and international group of scholars and intellectuals came together to assess the state of the field and set out future directions for research. Participants repeated how honored they were to be invited, how happy they were to be in Warsaw, many for the first time, and how excited they were to have the opportunity to visit POLIN Museum and its newly opened core exhibition. The four days were suffused with appreciation for the opportunity to see old friends and meet new colleagues, to network, and to explore future cooperation. The truly international dimension of this gathering brought together a wide range of expertise and perspectives, and the result was nothing short of exhilarating. The most distinguished scholars in the field explored the thousand-year history of Polish Jews in one of the most beautiful new buildings in Poland and in light of its world-class core exhibition before a large and receptive audience.

Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator, Core Exhibition


This international conference attended by over 350 scholars from twelve countries was marked by intense discussion of all aspects of the Polish-Jewish past in the stimulating atmosphere of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. All present expressed their admiration for the achievements of POLIN Museum and, in particular, its core exhibition, and mapped out an agenda for future research.

Prof. Antony Polonsky, Chief Historian, POLIN Museum


The conference was organized within the Global Education Outreach Program and was made possible thanks to the support of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.















Photos: Magdalena Starowieyska, POLIN Museum