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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. The Organizers 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.

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