POLIN Museum friend and Distinguished Benefactor Jan Kulczyk died

The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews announce with great sadness the passing of Dr. Jan Kulczyk, one of the greatest Polish entrepreneurs, a visionary, philanthropist, and Distinguished Benefactor of POLIN Museum.

 Dr. Jan Kulczyk, recognized as one of the most influential businessmen in Central and Eastern Europe, was also a great patron of culture. In 2012, he donated 20 million PLN for the permanent exhibition at POLIN Museum. His gift brought about a turning point in the project, leading to its successful completion. To this day, his gift remains the largest donation from a single private donor.

 The contributions of Dr. Kulczyk have been widely recognized. He received the prestigious Kisiel Award (1992), the Order of Polonia Restituta for his contribution to the Jasna Góra Monastery, and the Patron of Culture 2012 award from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for supporting the POLIN Museum project, among other achievements. In October 2013, he was the first entrepreneur in the world to be honored by the Nigerian government with the prestigious title "Friend of Nigeria." In June of 2015, the President of the Republic of Poland decorated him with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for outstanding achievements in activities to support and promote Polish culture and national heritage.

 He will remain in our memory and in the memory of future generations. We offer our deepest sympathy to his family.

 "Jan Kulczyk helped us in our time of greatest need. His name will not be forgotten. The auditorium, such an important part of POLIN Museum, bears his name. "

 Marian Turski, Chairman, Council of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Piotr Wiślicki, Chairman, Board of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland

Dariusz Stola, Director, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews