Online Academic Conference "…the news came like a bolt from the blue." 80th Anniversary of Sealing Off the Warsaw Ghetto

Na szrym tle biały napis: Konferencja naukowa "... wiadomość ta spadła  jak grom. 80. rocznica zamknięcia getta warszawskiego"
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

On 16 November 1940, armed guards appeared in the streets leading to the „Jewish residential district” established by the Germans in Warsaw. This symbolic date marks the creation of the largest Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe. The 80th anniversary of the event has given rise to the idea of organizing an academic conference.

  • 16 November (Monday), 10AM - 2PM CET
  • The recording of the conference will be available soon
  • The program of the conference [PDF] >>
  • Presentations delivered in Polish with simultaneous translation into English


The first ghettos in occupied Poland were established as early as the autumn of 1939. The Warsaw Ghetto was established a year later. Its creation was a complex, dynamic process. A large section of Warsaw's city centre was transformed into a prison where 450,000 Jews lived and died.

The conference aims at discussing various aspects connected with the establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto. The issues to be raised include changing plans of the Germans and their actions, the dilemmas of the Jewish population as well as the perception of ghettoization by Jews and their Polish neighbors. The little-known stories of non-Jewish Poles who found themselves imprisoned in the ghetto will also be discussed.



The academic conference "<<…the news came like a bolt from the blue>>.” 80th Anniversary of Sealing Off the Warsaw Ghetto is supported by the EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and by the state budget,,

  • Program of the conference [PDF]
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  • Program of the conference - accessible format [PDF]
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