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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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What Story to Tell?

What Story to Tell?

Shaping the Narrative of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Chapter:
(p.318) What Story to Tell?
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20
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Michael C. Steinlauf

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.003.0013

This chapter cites the book written by Michael C. Steinlauf called Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust (1997), which is considered a classic study of the place of the Holocaust in Polish historical consciousness. It analyzes the challenges that confront the pioneering museum of the history of Polish Jews from the unique vantage point of an American Jewish specialist in Polish Jewish history. It also talks about the active collaboration of Poles and Jews from Poland, Israel, and Western countries that has characterized every stage of the museum since its inception. The chapter describes that the exhibitions in the museum not only display the assaults on Jews and the destruction of Jewish civilization, but centuries of Jewish life as well. It mentions Steinlauf's vision of having the museum correspond to the Jews' own definition of poylishe yidn.

Keywords:   Holocaust, Polish Jews, Polish Jewish history, Jewish civilization, Jewish life, poylishe yidn, Polish historical consciousness

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