Report: Lectures on the Core Exhibition

Around 140 people attended Prof. Marcin Wodziński’s lecture Jews in Poland or Polish Jews? The Main Challenges of the Long Nineteenth Century Gallery on 24 February 2014. It was the sixth meeting in the Lectures on the Core Exhibition series.

Prof. Wodziński began by presenting the issues that the creators of the gallery had to resolve before embarking on their work, namely: What did it mean to be a “Polish Jew” in the 19th century? How to portray the rapid population growth that occurred in the Polish lands following the partitions? How did modernization impact the Jewish community? What sort of narrative strategy to adopt for the gallery as a whole?

Next, Prof. Wodziński highlighted the topics addressed in the gallery by presenting visualizations of the future exhibition areas. He walked the audience through the partitions of Poland at the end of the 18th century and issues related directly to the life of the Jewish community: changing traditions as exemplified by the evolution of wedding customs, the origins and spread of the Jewish Enlightenment – Haskalah, the new yeshiva, the expansion and differentiation of the Chassidic movement or the development of a new Jewish working class and professional intelligentsia. Prof. Wodziński devoted particular attention to questions of identity: the acculturation of a part of Jewry and the attendant process of integration with the rest of society.

After the lecture Prof. Wodziński replied to questions from the audience.


We also invite you to the next meetings in the Lectures on the Core Exhibition series:

  • 24.03.2014, 6.00 PMDr. Tamara Sztyma, Michał Majewski, “What does the Jewish Street Talk About?” Faces of Diversity in the Interwar Gallery.
  • 15.04.2014, 6.00 PM – Prof. Barbara Engelking, The Holocaust Gallery in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • 20.05.2014, 6.00 PM – Prof. Stanisław Krajewski, The Postwar Gallery in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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

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