Statement of POLIN Museum and The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland on the tragic events in Pittsburgh
POLIN Museum and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland are shocked by the massacre during Sabbath services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Eleven innocent people were brutally murdered.
Hate and the violence stemming from it violate everything that POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews stands for. We are an institution of public history committed to dialogue in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect. We relate the past, including its darkest hour, to the present and raise historical awareness of the perils of hate.
It is thus with great dismay that we see antisemitism on the rise across the globe. May outrage serve to strengthen the commitment to fight hate.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were so cruelly murdered, to the Tree of Life Synagogue congregation, and to the Pittsburgh Jewish community. We join all those the world over who are mourning the loss of these innocent lives.
Dariusz Stola, Director POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Piotr Wislicki, President, Association of the Historical Institute of Poland