Platform for Jewish-Polish Dialogue  

Jewish and Polish peoples have had close connections at least since 14th century. The arrival of Jews to Poland was caused by persecutions in many Western European countries and by difficult conditions in Russia as well. Jews and Poles have lived together in relative harmony for at least six hundred years. For most of this time, both peoples preserved a tolerant and respectful attitude towards one another. They often collaborated. Many Jewish people, however, lived in self-isolation in small towns, where they sometimes represented fifty, sixty, and even seventy percent of the population.

Beginning in the mid 19th century in Europe, strong national feelings have arisen. As a result, tensions began to accumulate between Jews and Poles. Because of tragic events in the 20th century, particularly Second Word War and the Holocaust, Jewish-Polish relationships have complicated so much that personal experiences on both sides often hide from view and memory earlier times and conditions.

At this Website, the Platform for Jewish-Polish Dialogue we want to try to explore the circumstances through which this situation arose, and to reflect together on how it might be resolved and what might be done towards reconciliation.


Bernstein, Richard Updating the Jewish image of Poles
Cieplinski, Feigue Poles and Jews: The Quest For Self-Determination 1919-1934
Cohen, Roger The Polish Seminary Student and the Jewish Girl He Saved
Grodzki, Bogdan There were no Polish concentration camps!
Concentration camps in Poland during World War II were Nazis' camps.
Hampton, Willborn Hiding Innocents and Keeping Evil at Bay
Karpinski, Gregory Few Reflections About the difficult Past
Miller, Jason Alan An Emotional Family Reunion With a Holocoust Survivor
Zweig, Michael Mala Zimetbaum et Edek Galinski
Cherry, Robert;
Orla-Bukowska, Annamaria
Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future
Gross, Jan Tomasz

Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz, Random House, 2006z

Gross, Jan Tomasz Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
Hautzig, Esther The Endless Steppe
Karski, Jan How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust by S. M. Jankowski & E. T. Wood
Pogonowski, Iwo Cyprian Jews in Poland
Wisniewski, Tomasz Jewish Bialystok, by Tomasz Wisniewski
Binford, Mira Reym Diamonds in the Snow
Marzynski, Marian Shtetl

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama | PBS

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Aust, Patricia H. Polish Rescuers



Commemoration of Warsaw ghetto uprising


Links to other related web sites:

  • The Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • United States Holocoust Memorial Museum
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Memorial to the Jewes of Białystok
  • Jewish Culture and History
  • Jews in Poland - short History
  • Jewish Cemeteries in Białystok
  • Ada Holtzman's home page