Restoration: An Art Restorer’s Journey through Communist Poland

In March 1984, as Poland was recovering from martial law, picture restorer Helen de Borchgrave travelled to the beleaguered country carrying provisions and forbidden books. This talk gives a glimpse of what life was like in Gdansk, Warsaw and Krakow. During the following years, Helen returned to Krakow, to restore masterpieces at the Royal Wawel…


Memorial Candles in Our Hands

The Janusz Kurtyka Foundation is organizing a Conference entitled “Memorial Candles in Our Hands: The Advantages Polish Scholarship and Museum Studies on the Commemoration of Holocaust Sites  Have Brought for Polish – Jewish Relations”. The Conference entails a special review of the Polish tributes to Holocaust victims in Polish territories, as regards memorial sites and…


Polish Jews: Warsaw Ghetto remains and Jewish revival

Before the Holocaust, Warsaw was world’s second largest Jewish city. Most survivors left Poland, but some stayed and today life has revived. Before World War II, Warsaw was the second largest Jewish city in the world after New York. They were among three million Polish Jews killed by the German Nazis. Many survivors left Poland…


The Anders Army: Service and Legacy

The Polish II Corps, which fought under British command in the Italian Campaign of 1943-45, is best remembered for its heroic capture of the abbey of Monte Cassino. But less known are the details of its formation under General Władysław Anders in Russia, from exiles and convicts of the Gulag, and of its amazing journey…


The Daughters of Yalta

Much has been written about the historic Yalta Conference in February 1945, when Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt met to decide the future of the postwar world. Little, however, is known about the role played behind the scenes by three young women. In “The Daughters of Yalta” Catherine Grace Katz tells the story through the eyes…


Practices of memory. German-Polish Debates on Remembrance

Memorial sites, monuments, and museums are a natural element of the surrounding landscape and an important tool for shaping collective memory. They refer both to what a given community wants to celebrate and to difficult and painful events. In the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, we observed the changing languages of…


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