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Exploring Polish/Jewish History and Relations with Olga Kaczmarek
Sun, Jan 30 • 11:00 AM
Polish/Jewish history spans over a thousand years of complex relations, mutual codependence, and growth, as well as prejudice, antisemitism, discrimination, and stereotyping. At the same time, the last 20 years have been a period of growing awareness and discussion about Jewish history in Poland and of commemorating it. Olga Kaczmarek, Director General at Forum for Dialogue will join Rabbi Spratt to learn how Polish/Jewish history informs how we teach, remember, and keep alive the Jewish history and heritage in Poland.
About Olga Kaczmarek:
She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw, where she taught anthropology of communication. She was also a Fulbright fellow at Penn State University. She published a book on Emmanuel Levinas and postmodern anthropology, and more recent research focused on the memory of wartime Polish/Jewish relations. She started working with Forum for Dialogue in 2012 as a School of Dialogue educator. Later on, she served as a project coordinator and director of international relations. Currently, she is responsible for the entirety of Forum’s operations and represents the foundation in Poland and abroad.
About Forum for Dialogue:
Forum for Dialogue presents a unique take on the ways in which history informs current affairs and shows the ways to counter abuses of history and heal the rifts created by prejudice. With its unique perspective, Forum sheds new light on the ways in which Polish/Jewish dialogue has been framed and offers an insight into effective ways of educating, commemorating, and preserving Jewish heritage in Poland.