The Centre for Holocaust Studies Team

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Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs

Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs received a Ph.D. in Humanities from the Jagiellonian University. She is the director of the Centre for Holocaust Studies at Jagiellonian University and a lecturer at the Institute of European Studies at Jagiellonian University; was a Pew Fellow at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at the Columbia University, a DAAD fellow at the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee Conference, a visiting fellow at the Oxford University and the Cambridge University. She is a member of the OSCE/ ODIHR Advisory Council of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief (Organization for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights), a member of Advisory Council on Education about the Holocaust to the Minister of Education of Poland, a member of the Polish delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research and 2011-2012 Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs is the author of Me – Us – Them. Ethnic Prejudices and Alternative Methods of Education: The Case of Poland (2003); Tolerancja. Jak uczyć siebie i innych [Tolerance. How to Teach Ourselves and Others] (2003, 2004); co-author of Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools (C. Durham, S. Ferrari, J. Ambrosewicz-Jacobs et al.),(2007); editor of The Holocaust. Voices of Scholars, (2009) and co-editor of Pamięć. Świadomość. Odpowiedzialność. Remembrance. Awareness, Responsibility (with K. Oleksy), (2008), Why Should We Teach about the Holocaust? (with Leszek Hońdo) (2003, 2004, 2005). She was also a member of the team involved in the empirical research in 27 EU states commissioned by the Fundamental Rights Agency which resulted in the report Discover the Past for the Future: A study on the role of historical sites and museums in Holocaust education and human rights education in the EU (Wolf Kaiser, Eva Fried, Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs et al.), (2010). She has published more than 50 articles on antisemitism in Poland, memory of the Holocaust and education about the Holocaust.

Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber, a British social anthropologist, is a professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Poland). He taught for twenty years at the University of Oxford, followed by eight years as the UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), from which he retired in 2010. He is author of Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia (Indiana University Press, 2009). Prof. Webber has been awarded the Gold Cross of Poland’s Order of Merit for services to Polish–Jewish dialogue.

Bartosz Kwieciński

Bartosz Kwieciński, Ph.D. in humanities specialized on art. His doctorate work "Claude Lanzmann's Shoah and Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg as two models of visual memory of the Holocaust" was defended with distinction at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication at the Jagiellonian University in 2009. Additionally he is a graduate of Cultural Studies specializing in film studies. He works as an assistant at the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Bartosz Kweciński is an author of articles on the formation and deformation of the memory of the Holocaust in film productions, with particular emphasis on Polish historical narratives. His research interests are the memory of the Holocaust and its presence in a films’ discourse, mythological feature of anti-Semitic propaganda, the issue of "decorum" and the ethical limits of the representation of the Holocaust, the meandering memory of the Holocaust in the time after 1945, especially during the time of Peoples Republic of Poland.

Piotr Trojański

Piotr Trojański has a PhD in History and holds tenure at the Institute of History of the Pedagogical University of Krakow. He is an academic advisor to the International Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust; director of studies for the Totalitarianism – Nazism – Holocaust post-graduate course; Vice-President of the Polish-German Centre Association in Krakow; a member of the Polish delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research as well as the International Auschwitz Council. He has been awarded a certificate of honour by the State of Israel for his work on the protection of Jewish heritage in Poland (2001); singled out by the Polish Ministry of Education with the Medal of the Commission of National Education for his outstanding contribution to education (2004); honored by the President of the Republic of Poland with the Krzyż Kawalerski Orderu Odrodzenia Polski (trans. Knight of the Order of the Renewal of Poland Cross), for his outstanding achievement in uncovering, classifying and disseminating the truth about the Holocaust. His research interests include: the history of Polish Jews and teaching about the Holocaust. Publications: he is the co-author (with Robert Szuchta) of the first Polish educational programme and handbook for teaching about the Holocaust: Holocaust – understanding why (2003); co-author of an educational internet portal dedicated to teaching about Jewish history and culture: The Jews in Poland. Saving from Oblivion – teaching for the future (www.zydziwpolsce.edu.pl); co-author of an educational exhibition entitled: The Jews in Poland. Past, Present and Future.

Piotr Weiser

Piotr Weiser, PhD, a specialist in the history of culture, is a member of the academic staff at the Centre for Oriental Studies JU as well as at the Jewish Historical Institute; editor-in-chief of the Tuesday Academic Seminars of the Jewish Historical Institute; secretary of the Majer Bałaban Competition for the best Master’s and Doctoral Theses about Jews and Israel; supervisor of the academic research project entitled History of Jewish Culture (Polish Scientific Publishers PWN together with Prof. Paweł Śpiewak). His research interests include: the history of the Extermination of the Jews; philosophical, educational and religious literature about the Holocaust; Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust; the history and thought of Zionism and Judaism in the 20th Century. His latest publications include: Kryzys czy koniec powszechności Kościoła, głoszącego odkupienie, witającego pomazańca? Żydowskie pytania Fackenheima (2008); Maryla: jej tekst, jej losy (Ed P. Weiser, 2008); foreword for: Habent sua fata libelli w czasie Zagłady; afterword for: Patrzyłam na usta... Dziennik z getta warszawskiego (Ed. P. Weiser, 2008).


Jolanta Makowska

Jolanta Makowska


Joanna Stöcker

Joanna Stöcker has a PhD in Humanities (doctorate thesis defended at the Institute of Political Studies, Jagiellonian University, 2007, entitled: Kobiety Holokaustu. Feministyczna perspektywa w badaniach nad Shoah. Kazus KL Auschwitz-Birkenau. (trans. Women of the Holocaust. A Feminist Perspective in Research on the Shoah. The case of Auschwitz-Birkenau.) Joanna is a teacher; she has cooperated with the Institute of European Studies JU in the framework of the International Summer School for Teachers “Teaching about the Holocaust” (2006, 2007). Her research interests include: the feminist perspective in research on the Holocaust, women in time of war. Publications, among others: w Studiach nad Faszyzmem, Czasopiśmie Prawno-Politycznym, Autoportrecie.

Jerzy Wójcik

Jerzy Wójcik

Katarzyna Kopff-Muszyńska

Katarzyna Kopff-Muszyńska graduated from the Faculty of Polish Philology at the Jagiellonian University and finished a post-graduate diploma at the Institute of European Studies JU (2003). She is a Middle and Upper Secondary School teacher, an intercultural education trainer, since 2002 she has been a collaborator with the Institute of European Studies in the framework of the Comenius 2.1 program, and since 2008 with the CHS JU. Katarzyna is also the coordinator of the International Summer School for Teachers: Teaching about the Holocaust (2006, 2007,2008). Her publications include: an article entitled Czy Polsce potrzebna jest edukacja międzykulturowa? (2005); papers on the study of the assimilation of Jews in Galicia at the turn of the 20th Century; bibliographical analyses, translations of English language texts into Polish.

Robert Szuchta

Robert Szuchta is a historian, educator and teacher. He is the co-author and coordinator of various educational and international projects about the Holocaust. He is the first Polish laureate of the Irena Sendler Award for ‘Making the World a Better Place’ (2006); honored by the President of the Republic of Poland with the Krzyż Kawalerski Orderu Odrodzenia Polski (trans. Knight of the Order of the Renewal of Poland Cross) in 2008 for his work in the popularization of knowledge about the Holocaust. He is co-author of the first Polish school handbook for teaching about the Holocaust (Holocaust – zrozumieć dlaczego, 2003) as well as numerous articles about Holocaust education and Jewish history and culture.

Szymon Beźnic

Szymon Beźnic

PhD Candidates

Maria Brand

Maria Brand has an MA in Political Sciences from the Faculty of International Relations and Political Studies JU, and is a doctoral student at the Institute of European Studies JU (as part of an international project entitled: The Transnationalization of Struggles for Recognition – Women and Jews in France, Germany and Poland in the 20th Century). The topic of her doctoral dissertation is: The Ban on Ritual Slaughter. Tendencies and Attempts to Institutionalize Anti-Jewish Ideology in the Twilight of the II Republic of Poland – A Comparative Perspective. Since January 2008 Maria has been responsible for programmes and research projects at the Centre for Holocaust Studies JU; in her spare time she volunteers in the Caucasus. Her research interests include: Polish-Jewish relations in the 20th Century; Jewish policies in Poland in the inter-war period; anti-Semitism; collective memory; places of memory of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Katarzyna Suszkiewicz

Katarzyna Suszkiewicz has MA in European Studies and is doctoral student at the Institute of European Studies at Jagiellonian University (her thesis deals with the Holocaust education in museums and memorials sites in Poland after 1989). She participated in Polish Israeli Youth Encounter Programme (2009/2010) organized by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and she also took part in seminar for Polish educators in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem (2010). She is a coordinator of project “Polish Prisoners in Norway during 2nd World War” in cooperation with Falstad Memorial and Human Right Centre in Norway . Her research interests include the Holocaust and issues of heritage, memory and the use of cultural space. She has presented a paper about the attempt to fill the void: changes in function of the material heritage and new initiatives in the Kazimierz District in Krakow (The Warsaw Judaic Congress, 2008).

Agnieszka Zajączkowska-Drożdż

Agnieszka Zajączkowska-Drożdż, a graduate of the Institute of History at the Jagiellonian University majoring in history and culture of Jews. She is also a doctoral student at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University working on the history of the Krakow ghetto. Participation in research projects: study of attitudes toward Jews, the Holocaust and the memory of the Holocaust among the Polish youth, World War II Prisoners of War in Norway - Falstad Centre international interview project. Publications: “Deportations to the extermination camps of the Jews from the Krakow Ghetto to Belzec and Auschwitz – Birkenau from the point of victims” (article in the "Studies of Fascism and Nazi crimes"). Research interests: History of the Jews, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism.

Dagmara Mrozowska

Dagmara Mrozowska obtained her MA in International Relations at the Faculty of International Relations and Political Studies JU as well as a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management at the University of Silesia. She is a doctoral student at the Institute of European Studies JU (dissertation topic: Holocaust. The Tragedy of the Roma in the 20th Century). Since October 2008 Dagmara has been responsible for the annual international seminars at the CHS JU on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Her research interests include: memory about Porrajmos, Romani identity in the context of the Holocaust, the Romani situation in Eastern Europe, societal prejudices and stereotypes, the attitude of society towards national minorities, policies of reconciliation and tolerance, nationalism, ethnicity, the cultural formation of identity. Her publications include: Romowie bliscy i dalecy (Biuletyn Akcji Katolickiej, nr 19) as well as Coroczna pielgrzymka Romów do Sanktuarium Maryjnego w Rywałdzie Królewskim (Biuletyn Akcji Katolickiej, nr 20).

Łukasz Opozda

Łukasz Opozda graduated from the Institute of Historical Studies as well as the Institute of European Studies JU, where he is currently writing his doctoral dissertation. He also collaborates with the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland. His research interests include: Polish opponents to European integration; extreme right-wing political groupings; anti-Semitism and its various forms; problems of multiculturalism, tolerance, stereotypes and prejudices; xenophobia; cultural aspects of European integration. He has published articles in journals such as Forum Europejski, Pro-Futuro, Episteme as well as in post-conference materials.

Tomasz Cebulski

Tomasz Cebulski graduate of the International Relations, European specialization (MA) and Middle East Studies (MA) in the Department of International Relations and Political Studies of Jagiellonian University. PhD student specializing in Holocaust and Auschwitz-Birkenau. PhD thesis in: “State Museum Auschwitz – Birkenau and the socio-political conditions of its functioning”. Founder of center for genealogical research, documentation of history of Polish Jews, Holocaust education and Polish-Jewish dialogue www.jewish-guide.pl. Partner with Forum Israel-Poland-Europe. Major research interests: Jewish genealogy, heritage of Polish Jews, Holocaust and its nowadays memory, Auschwitz-Birkenau history, history and education in the places of Genocide. Chosen publications: Memory of the Holocaust and the shaping of Jewish Identity in Israel, University of Northern Iowa, Legacy of the Holocaust Conference 2007; Wybrane aspekty stosunków polsko-izraelskich po roku 1990, Izrael-Europa Wyzwania nadchodzącej przyszłości, AT Group Sp.z o.o. 2010.

Anna Motyczka

Anna Motyczka, a graduate of sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, public administration and school of American law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University, and European Jewish History at Queen Mary, University of London. She is working on a doctorate on Jews and the Holocaust in the postwar Catholic discourse in Poland at the University of London. She cooperates with the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education of the University of Southern California and Leo Baeck Institute, London.


Dorota Kotelon

Dorota Kotelon

Marek Stoszek

Marek Stoszek, a graduate of the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University (master thesis: Polish-Jewish relations in Myślenice till 1939 and the problem of anti-Semitism in interwar Poland). Research interests: Polish-Jewish relations in the local community and neighboring towns, the history of the Jews, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, Myślenice during the period of World War I and II.