Research Project: Attitudes Towards Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust Among Polish Youth

In the autumn of 2008, the Centre launched a long-term country-wide project to research anti-semitism and attitudes towards the Holocaust among young people in Poland. We have examined attitudes of young people and then compared them with the results of similar research conducted ten years ago. We have also carried out in-depth analyses of educational programs sponsored by Polish schools and NGO‘s in Poland. The most important component of this project is education. We are cooperating with various academic institutions and NGO‘s in order to determine contemporary attitudes towards Jews and the Holocaust, and to analyze civic projects and actions to preserve the memory about the Holocaust in Poland.

21.10.2009 A Youth Meeting in Kielce

On October 21, 2009 a meeting of Polish and Israeli youth took place in the southeastern Polish city of Kielce. During the meeting members of the Centre for Holocaust Studies and members of the CEM Market and Public Opinion Research Institute conducted a meeting as a part of the project, "Surveying Young People’s Attitudes toward the Jews and The Holocaust." We, at the Centre, helped to record the event in photos. The following schools took part:
- XI LO im. K.I. Gałczyńskiego
- Gimnazjum Integracyjne nr 4 im. Jana Karskiego in Kielce
- ORT Grinberg Kiryat Tivon in Israel



"Letters to Henio" Photo Report

Henio Żytomirski was a Polish Jew born in Lublin, Poland. He was murdered at the age of 9 in a gas chamber in Majdanek Concentration Camp, and has become an icon of the Holocaust. On July 5, 1939 he was photographed for the last time on the steps at the entrance to the PKO Bank, at 64 ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście. It is there that the last picture of Henio was taken before his death. Today, letters of rememberance can be left on this site, which currently houses the Teatr NN (Theater NN). Visitors are encouraged to leave their letters in the Teatr mailbox.