2019 POLIN Award

fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

In December, the POLIN Award gala will be held for the fifth time. The Award will be given to an individual, an organisation or an institution engaged in preserving the memory of the history of Polish Jews. We are awaiting submissions of nominees until September 20th. The value of cash prizes for the laureate, the winners of honourable mentions, and the nominees of the competition equals 60,000 PLN.

December 3th 2019 (Tuesday)

Since 2015 - the first anniversary of the opening of the core exhibition titled 1000-Year History of the Polish Jews - the POLIN Award has been granted to individuals or organisations who preserve the memory of the history of Polish Jews and contribute to building a better future, mutual understanding and respect between Poles and Jews.

The competition comprises two stages:

  • in the first one, the application forms are collected and verified,
  • in the second one, a laureate of the POLIN Award is selected by the jury.

POLIN Award sponsors can also grant honourable mentions.


The POLIN Award Gala was made possible thanks to the support of the Jankilevitsch Foundation.

Tomasz Pietrasiewicz, founder and director of the "Brama Grodzka—Teatr NN" foundation in Lublin was POLIN Award’s first ever laureate. His foundation has been involved in a number of educational and artistic projects dedicated to the heritage of Lublin Jewry since 1998. 

During the second edition, the POLIN Award was granted to Jacek Koszczan, founder and chairman of ‘Sztetl Dukla - Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of Jews from the Dukla Region.’ The Award jury decided to honour two more people. Honourable Mentions were presented to Robert Augustyniak, a prime-mover behind actions aimed at restoring the memory of the Jewish community from Grodzisk Mazowiecki, and Mirosław Skrzypczyk, teacher and animator of culture who is active in the field of preservation of the Jewish heritage in Lelów and Szczekociny. The Special Prize went to Jan Jagielski of the Jewish Historical Institute, to honour him for his lifetime achievement. 

Joanna Podolska, Director of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź who is deeply engaged in preservation of the memory of the Jewish community of Łódź, was laureate of the POLIN Award 3rd edition. Dariusz Paczkowski from Żywiec and Ireneusz Socha from Dębica were granted Honorable Mentions. The 2017 POLIN Special Award went to the Children of the Holocaust Association in Poland.

The recipient for the 2018 POLIN award was Tomasz Wiśniewski, who is the founder of the Museum of the Jews of Bialystok and the Region. He is the owner of the YouTube channel Bagnowka, where people can find over 2,000 films presenting the Jewish history of the Podlasie region of Poland. He is also the author of several books on the subject. Tomasz Wiśniewski has prepared documentation of seven Jewish cemeteries, and also runs the website bagnowka.pl, which collects data for almost 40,000 tombstones, which are mostly Jewish. The following individuals were awarded with honorable mentions: Magdalena Lewkowicz, Dariusz Popiela, Bogdan Białek, and Adam Bartosz.