Responsibility and Heritage. Debate on accounts of Jewish history and Holocaust in Norway and Poland

fot. Jonas Brathen

In both Norway and Poland the Jewish minorities were nearly wiped out during the Holocaust. In the aftermath, Jewish history has triggered debate. Which issues are still considered problematic? How do Norway and Poland deal with questions such as role of the Jewish heritage in the collective memory of both nations , responsibility of the Jewish fate during the Holocaust and  contemporary antisemitism ? Moreover, how is Jewish Cultural Heritage integrated as a part of European culture and history?

These questions were addressed during the debate “Responsibility and heritage. Accounts on Jewish History in Norway and Poland” which was held on 10th March at the House of Literature in Oslo

Among panelist were Prof. Dariusz Stola, director of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Monika Koszyńska, education manager of children and youth unit at POLIN; Mats Tangestuen, academic director at Jewish Museum Oslo and Irene Levin, professor at Oslo and Akershus University College.

The debate was organized by Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities (HL Center) and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw), and was part of the project “Jewish Cultural Heritage”, a bilateral cooperation between Norway and Poland in the period from 2013 until April 2017. The cooperation is financed by the EEA Grants / Norway Grants. The aim of the project is to promote knowledge about Jewish culture and history and contribute to strengthen intercultural understanding in the two countries.

Moderators: Vibeke Moe (research fellow at HL Center) and Joanna Król (expert on digital heritage collection at POLIN Museum). 

Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.


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