POLIN Meeting Point 2019
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POLIN Meeting Point 2019

The recruitment process for the 5th edition of POLIN Meeting Point Summer Education School addressed to students from Poland, Israel, Germany and Ukraine has begun. We await applications until 1 May.

This year’s edition of POLIN Meeting Point will take place between 19 August and 1 September at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. This year we will discuss the subject of migration, focusing on the emigration of Polish Jews in the years 1881-1939. Some of the classes will revolve around the subject of our new temporary exhibition titled Gdynia – Tel Aviv.


The participants

The Summer School’s program is addressed to people interested in the history and culture of Polish Jews. We invite students (BA, MA, doctoral studies and postgraduate studies) and graduates of universities in Poland, Germany, Israel and Ukraine who obtained their degrees or certificates of completion within the past three years to apply.

The program

The POLIN Meeting Point program will include, i.a. study tours, discussions, film screenings, workshops and presentations run by experts from Poland and abroad, during which the participants will have an opportunity to seek inspiration for their own academic research and work.

The Summer School participants will learn about the causes that drove Jews to leave their homes and about the places they chose as their destination. They will find out what the emigrants took with them, how they settled in their new homelands, what was their bond to the old country and how they contributed to the development of the states they had settled in. They will check how the subsequent waves of emigration affected cultural and social changes in the diaspora and analyze the selected cases of Jewish emigrants, their complex life stories and difficult choices they were forced to make.

During the two-week program we will focus on the following issues (among others):

  • Political and social context of the events discussed;
  • Jewish emigration to the United States, Palestine, Great Britain, Germany and Argentina;
  • Consequences of emigration for both the countries from which Jews emigrated and their new homelands;
  • Women’s perspective and how the waves of migration changed the situation and role of women.

Detailed program of POLIN Meeting Point will be available soon.

Goals of POLIN Meeting Point

The participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Develop interpersonal and intercultural skills;
  • Confront their opinions with that of their peers from other countries in a safe, open atmosphere;
  • Broaden their knowledge on the history of migration in East-Central Europe from the late 19th century until World War Two;
  • Improve the skills of critical analysis of primary sources (including the skills of working with oral history sources);
  • Get acquainted with POLIN Museum and with Warsaw, not only from a Jewish perspective;
  • Take part in a study tour to Gdynia – the city that used to serve as a destination of many migrants.

Type of classes

POLIN Meeting Point equals two intensive weeks of integration classes, study tours, workshops, presentations and discussions to be held at POLIN Museum and beyond.

The Summer School’s program is developed under the supervision of the Programming Council including:

  • Dr Yael Granot-Bein (University of Haifa);
  • Prof. Bianka Pietrow-Ennker (University of Constance);
  • Dr Jolanta Żyndul (Jewish Historical Institute).


The implementation of the project is possible due to the support of the Nissenbaum Family Foundation and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland.



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