Warsaw, Varshe. The Jewish Warsaw and the Warsaw Jews – exhibition catalogue

okładka katalogu wystawy "Warszawa, Warsze"
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

Exhibition curator and author of articles: Ewa Małkowska-Bieniek

Catalogue graphic design and DTP: Maciej Konopka / Brandy Design

Edited by: Tamara Łozińska

Translation and editing of the English version: Dominika Gajewska

Pages: 124

Publisher: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The "Warsaw, Varshe" exhibition catalogue serves as a sneak peek into the wealth of the featured themes, all of them related to the Jewish residents of the city. Jews played a vital role in the life of Warsaw from the late 18th century onwards; during the period preceding World War II, one in every three Warsaw residents was Jewish. Numerous Jewish associations and institutions continued to spring up, with Jews making a sizeable contribution into the cultural life of the capital.

World War II put an end to the Jewish Warsaw, with the memory of the old days becoming overshadowed by the tragedy of the Warsaw Ghetto. The war has devastated the historical fabric of the city, erasing the unique nature of individual streets and districts. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition sketches out certain issues and is intended as an aid in the process of discovering hidden layers of memory that lurk within individual areas of the city.


The following fragments of translations from Yiddish of the works of P. Trepman, A. Teitelbaum and M. Zonszajn, included in the Warsaw. Varshe exhibition catalogue, were taken from the translated versions of these works published on the website of the Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw (

  • str. 24: A.Teitelbaum, 2 Twarda street; translated by Anna Ciałowicz;
  • str. 30: P. Trepman, A gesl in Warsze, Montreal 1949; translated by Anna Ciałowicz;
  • str. 70, 71, 72, 86, 87, 89 Mosze Zonszajn, Jidisz-Warsze, Central-farband fun pojlisze Jidn in Argentine, Buenos Aires 1954; translated by Aleksandra Geller.