Centropa is an unusual project which brings to life the world of the Central and Eastern European Jews thanks to its connection of oral histories with visual memories. To satisfy the needs of the project, interviews are to be conducted with almost 1400 European Jews and items like photographs or family documents will be collected. Following editing they will be placed in the project archive at www.centropa.org where a modern, interactive online museum is being created, bringing us closer to the history and culture of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century via the personal histories of people.



The Holocaust in Polish cinema

Andrzej Wajda

From its inception, the centre has organized many meetings with professors, lecturers, diplomats, authors and representatives of NGO’s. A unique event was the showing of films connected to the Holocaust and the accompanying lecture by Andrzej Wajda, organized on the 12th March 2008 to mark the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto. The meeting brought together a host of students and adults in Przegorzały Castle who were determined to discuss matters with the master of Polish cinema. Andrzej Wajda answered questions about the difficulties and dilemmas he faced when shooting his films and also how differently his films have been received, for example Dr Korczak in France.


Meeting with Professor Shimon Redlich

Shimon Redlich

On the 13th of May 2008 the Institute for European Studies of JU hosted a lecture delivered by Professor Shimon Redlich, a historian from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, entitled “Autobiography in the historical context. How I wrote Together and Apart in Brzezany. Poles, Jews and Ukrainians. 1919-45”. Professor Redlich’s book, Together and Apart in Brzezany. Poles, Jews and Ukrainians. 1919-45 (Bloomington, IN, 2002), tells the story of the co-existence of these three groups and their ethnic, religious and cultural differences in a small Eastern town between the wars and during the Holocaust.



Meeting with survivors on the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto

Marsz Pamięci - plakat CHS UJ joined a programme to mark the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto and organized a panel discussion entitled “Past-Future. The Memory of Krakow’s Jews” which took place in Przegorzały Castle at 4 p.m. on the 15th March 2008. The meeting featured the involvement of Prof. David M. Crowe, author of the biography of Oscar Schindler: “Oscar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind The List"; Prof. Maria Orwid, a pioneer in the research of life in the Shoah; Prof. Aleksander Skotnicki, author of the book "Oscar Schindler through the eyes of the Jews of Krakow who he saved”; Katarzyna Zimmerer, author of “Murdered World. The fate of Krakow’s Jews 1939-1945” and Robert Gądek of the Jewish Culkture Festival in Krakow.



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