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70 lat Żydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego – historia polityczna i badania. Jubileuszowy komentarz
The Jewish Historical Institute 70 Years on – Political History and Research. Birthday Commentary

Author(s): Andrzej Rykała
Subject(s): Social history, Jewish Thought and Philosophy, History of Judaism
Published by: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
Keywords: Jewish Historical Institute; Jewish Historical Institute Association; Central Jewish Historical Commission; scientific research; Poland’s post-WWII history; March ‘68

Summary/Abstract: The Jewish Historical Institute formally started its activities on 1 October 1947, pursuant to a resolution of the Presidium of the Central Committee of Jews in Poland (CKŻP) of 27 September of that year. However, it traces back its genesis to the Central Jewish Historical Commission established in 1944, which, after operating for three years, first in Lublin and subsequently in Łódź, was transformed into the Institute now transferred to Warsaw. Both institutions operated within the organizational structure of CKŻP, which was the biggest and a largely autonomous Jewish organization in Poland. Its dissolution in 1950, which came in the wake of the dismantling of Jewish ethnic and cultural autonomy, deprived the JHI of organizational support. In an attempt to cure that deficit, the Jewish Historical Institute Association was formed in that very year. Over the next seven decades, the Jewish Historical Institute, a successor to the Central Jewish Historical Commission, became the biggest and most important institution in Poland engaging in a systematic study of the history of Poland’s Jews. The article looks at selected aspects of the 70 years of JHI history in the form of glosses to papers (reports) by: Stephan Stach Political and social history of JHI – key moments and by Andrzej Żbikowski – Jewish Historical Institute, 70 years of research into the history of Poland’s Jews.

  • Issue Year: 269/2019
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 31-42
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish