Dariusz Stola. Courtesy of Justinas Auškelis.
On October 15, 2021, historian and former POLIN director Dariusz Stola, alongside moderators Sergey Kanovich (Lost Shtetl Museum) and Paulius Gritėnas (Vilnius University), continued the series of discussions called "Open Conversations about History" with the topic – "POLIN Museum and the memory wars in Poland." The series is co-organized by the Lost Shtetl Museum and Vilnius University.
POLIN, the Polish Museum of Jewish history, opened in 2014 and has had millions of visitors since then. The museum successfully addresses the complex past of Poles and Jews. But when POLIN demonstrated an exhibit about the anti-Zionist campaign of 1968 and expressed opposition to Poland's new law on Holocaust complicity, right-wing nationalists and politicians in the ruling party attacked the museum.
Dariusz Stola talked about the museum's achievements and how everything changed when the culture wars began dividing the country.
We invite you to watch the recording of the lecture on our Youtube channel!