18.04.2021 - online

If it goes off, I will go with it. End of story. - discussion

Fragment pomnika Bohaterów Getta, przed którym pali się płomień.
Fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

The history of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is not only the history of men in combat. It is also the story of, say, Frania Beatus whose body was never found, or Dvora Baran who longed for the scent of a forest in Volhynia while the ghetto was aflame, or Halinka Rochman who took the bullet intended for her friend Rózka Rozenfeld. Her sacrifice was futile—Rózka was shot dead a couple of days later. 

  • 18 April, 6PM, 
  • live on POLIN Museum Facebook profile
  • Discussion in Polish without simultaneous English translation

The discussion, organized on the eve of the 78th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, with the participation of Sylwia Chutnik, Zuzanna Hertzberg and Karolina Szymaniak, aims to recall the memory of all the women who fought in the Warsaw ghetto in April 1943. Who were they? How did the combat affect them? What happened to those who had survived the war? What was male insurgents’ attitude towards their female comrades-in-arms? And, finally, how do the recollections of the male and female ghetto fighters differ?

Sylwia Chutnik – writer and journalist, advocate of reading, co-author of Barłóg Literacki program, social activist. Sylwia is a graduate in Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at the Warsaw University. She is the author of a novel and short stories, nominated to the Nike Book Award in 2009, 2012 and 2015. She is the winner of Paszport Polityki prize for the year 2008. 

Karolina Szymaniak – Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Jewish Studies at the University of Wrocław, researcher at the Jewish Historical Institute. Karolina’s scholarly interests include contemporary Yiddish literature, Polish-Jewish cultural relations, the politics of memory and Modernist and avant-garde theories.  

Zuzanna Hertzberg – interdisciplinary artist, artivist and researcher. Zuzanna obtained her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Media Art under the supervision of Prof. Leon Tarasewicz and Prof. Krzysztof Wodiczko. She is also a graduate of the Faculty of Graphic and Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. She is a co-founder of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Bloc, member of the Anti-Fascist Coalition, and member of the board of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute. 


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