Tad Taube received the honoris causa doctorate from the Jagiellonian University

fot. Anna Wojnar

On 12 June, Tad Taube, POLIN Museum’s founder and distinguished benefactor, received the honoris causa doctorate from the Jagiellonian University.

The University wishes to honor Tad Taube for his contribution to the revival of Jewish life in Poland, for restoring the memory of the history of Polish Jews and for working towards the betterment of relations between Poles and Jews. This honorary doctorate is rather symbolic – it is granted by the University in the hometown of Tad Taube, who emigrated from Krakow to the United States as a child. His activities as a philanthropist have already been recognized by, i.a., awarding him the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and being appointed an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in California.

The Irena Sendler Award is one of Tad Taube’s many initiatives; it is granted each year to people who contribute to the preservation of the Jewish heritage and to the revival of Jewish culture in Poland. The Award was established in 2008 by Tad Taube and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture in order to commemorate Irena Sendler – Righteous Among the Nations.

During the gala at the Royal Castle in Warsaw on 11 June, the Irena Sendler Award was handed in by Prof. Piotr Gliński, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, to Norman Conard, an American teacher. In 1999, together with female students from his high school, Mr Conard wrote and staged a play titled A Life in a Jar, recalling the life and wartime activity of Irena Sendler. The school play proved very successful – it was staged over two hundred times all over the country, thus making the story of Irena Sendler known to thousands of people in America. The play also resulted in setting up a foundation which promotes knowledge on Irena Sendler and in a Hollywood movie titled The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.