"Warsaw of Two Uprisings"

fot. Franciszek Mazur/Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

The pretext for the discussion is the programme, prepared and implemented jointly by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Warsaw Rising Museum, of commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the upcoming 69th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.

On April 19th at 9:30 p.m., Warsaw residents could witness an extraordinary light installation commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. From two locations – the Warsaw Rising Museum and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews – two shafts of light were directed at the sky, an homage to the ghetto rebels and all the victims of the Shoah.

Was that a symbol of Warsaw being a city of two uprisings? A reflection of the concept that the only way to understand Warsaw is to talk about both rebellions? On April 19th, thousands of Warsaw residents pinned yellow daffodils to their clothes, just as they pin the anchor logo of the underground Homeland Army each year on August 1st. The memory of the ghetto rebellion has made its way into Warsaw’s everyday life. Will we be able to discuss both uprisings together and commemorate them together?

The panelists:

  • dr Mikołaj Mirowski, historian and columnist
  • Magdalena Gawin, the History Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
  • Maria Ferenc, co-ordinator of the Holocaust Gallery of the Main Exhibition in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, member of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute
  • Col. Edmund Baranowski, a Warsaw Uprising veteran, vice-president of the Warsaw Uprising Veterans Union, Secretary General of the board of the Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation, member of the Board of Trustees of the Warsaw Rising Museum.

The debate will be moderated by Dawid Wildstein.

July 29th, Monday, 6:00 p.m.