Join FestivALT and MEK Director Antoni Bartosz for a candid conversation about the museum’s collection of objects related to Jews and the museum’s responsibility to represent Poland’s multiethnic history in general. What should be expected of an institution that uses the slogan “My museum, a museum about me”? On this day you can visit the Museum for free – just say “FestivALT” at the counter.
Event partner: Ethnographcic Museum of Krakow.
The Ethnographic Museum in Kraków, located in the heart of Kazimierz, is rarely included on the “map” of Jewish culture—but it should be! In ways visible and hidden, inspiring and distressing, the museum is shot through with evidence of Poland’s long and complicated relationship to its Jewish community. There are costumes of Jews, life-sized “figural beehives” in the shape of Hasidim, bobbling wooden figurines of Jews, and a scroll of the Book of Esther, as well as a story of Jews hiding in the museum during WWII and a former director who is recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. The ways Jews are and have been represented in Polish folk culture range from celebratory to ambiguous to malicious, and are very much a part of contemporary Polish politics.
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