Education
10.06.2019

The first stage of 2016 PIYE programme has come to an end

Polish-Israeli Youth Exchange 2016
Polish-Israeli Youth Exchange 2016, fot. Alicja Szulc / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

The second stage of the Polish-Israeli Youth Exchange (PIYE) program has just begun, one of the first programmes organized by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. The Polish-Israeli Youth Exchange (PIYE) is a unique initiative which provides Polish and Israeli students with an opportunity to meet, talk and do something together. The programme is divided into two stages - the first stage takes place in Warsaw and consists of, among other things, integration workshops, workshops dedicated to the history of Warsaw and joint artistic activity. The second stage involves  Polish participants of the programme studying on a scholarship at the University of Tel Aviv.


This year, during the first stage of the programme, the participants toured the Muranów district home of POLIN Museum. Then they created performances in an attempt to enter into a dialogue with the surroundings, the residents and the history. The end result included three activities aimed at participation of passers-by, who were invited to join in a dialogue and celebration.

  1. The "Sit down with us" project was an attempt to establish contact with passers-by and encourage them to talk. It provides an opportunity to improve relations between Poles and Jews, and POLIN Museum. "The project addresses the issue of transparency, which we encountered in the space surrounding the museum - local residents feel ignored by Israeli groups, while the Jewish community is invisible in the area of the former ghetto, as if it almost did not exist. The museum is perceived as "one of the most beautiful bathrooms in Europe." The project offers a chance to change the existing state of affairs by establishing contact with participants of PIYE. The audience is invited to take a seat in front of us, establish eye contact and talk in order to feel our presence, and hopefully be moved by this experienceThe project addresses the issue of transparency, which we encountered in the space surrounding the museum - local residents feel ignored by Israeli groups, while the Jewish community is invisible in the area of the former ghetto, as if it almost did not exist. The museum is perceived as "one of the most beautiful bathrooms in Europe." The project offers a chance to change the existing state of affairs by establishing contact with participants of PIYE. The audience is invited to take a seat in front of us, establish eye contact and talk in order to feel our presence, and hopefully be moved by this experience".


     
  2. "Means of Commemoration" is the second project that stresses the importance of the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, situated in front of the Museum, to Polish and Israeli communities and significantly influences its reception. "People gather in front of the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes every day. Poles and Israelis commemorate this tragic event in a variety of ways. The project juxtaposes the protocols of these rites."
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  3. The last project concerns the celebration of ordinary, daily activities which - transferred to the public space - take on a different meaning. "Washing your hands, feasting, dancing. The three stages of our ceremony are based on the symbolic layers of rubble on which the Muranów housing estate was built. We reconstruct the rituals, the "sanctity" of daily life. Every action corresponds to a personal experience. By placing oneself exactly in the space "in and between”, we encourage you to take a short break in order to take time to reflect. The Muranów housing estate, erected on the ruins of the ghetto, becomes a site of a double-sided ritual, promoting despite a life brutally cut short. We invite you to participate in our ceremonies and to share your story. We will try to have a closer look at the role of everyday rituals."
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The second stage of the programme is currently underway. Participants from Poland have travelled to Israel on a scholarship at the University of Tel Aviv. There, they engage in organizing events promoting POLIN Museum and the PIYE programme. During their stay in Israel, we are going to celebrate the 10th anniversary of PIYE.which The celebrations will offer an opportunity for the participants of previous editions and longtime partners of the programme - including representatives of the University of Tel Aviv, the Polish Institute and the Polish Embassy in Israel - to meet, , but above all it will be an opportunity for the participants to meet the donors, e.g. Ygal Ozechov and Tomek Ulatowski, who have been sponsors of the programme from the very beginning.

Project realised thanks to the support of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.

Project supported by Carmit and Ygal Ozechov and by Tomek Ulatowski.