Memorial Candles in Our Hands




The Janusz Kurtyka Foundation is organizing a Conference entitled “Memorial Candles in Our Hands: The Advantages Polish Scholarship and Museum Studies on the Commemoration of Holocaust Sites  Have Brought for Polish – Jewish Relations”, which will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 5.30 p.m. to 7. 30 p.m. (local time in Poland) at the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek, Poland.


The Conference entails a special review of the Polish tributes to Holocaust victims in Polish territories, as regards memorial sites and their place in museum studies and general scholarship; a comparison of the Polish work with the beginnings and scope of what has been done in other countries; and an examination of the effects commemoration has had on the awareness of Polish and Jewish people, and hence also on current and future Polish–Jewish relations, showing the beneficial outcomes of commemoration.

The Conference will be transmitted live on the Internet.  We will provide a simultaneous online interpreting service.

The Conference will consist of three parts: papers, an experts’ discussion, and questions from the floor. Each of our speakers will deliver a 20-minute paper on one of the following subjects: museum studies, what has been done in scholarship, or awareness research. Our experts are Professor Sebastian Piątkowski (Institute of National Remembrance), Dr. Aleksandra Namysło (Institute of National Remembrance), and Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz (Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum). Dr. Marcin Owsiński (Stutthof Museum) will be the moderator.

Our speakers’ papers will form the groundwork for an experts’ panel discussion to correlate perspectives, pool conclusions, and embark on a joint appraisal of our Conference subject. Finally, attendees in Sulejówek and participating online from the USA will have the opportunity for questions.

The Conference will be held on August 27, 2021, between the hours of 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. (17.30 – 19.30 Central European Summer Time). The venue is the Józef Piłsudski Museum, Sulejówek, Poland.

Public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the
“Public Diplomacy 2021” grant competition.



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