New Inspirations for Jewish Music: A Review of the Concert Inaugurating this Year's POLIN Music Festival

Magdalena Kozłowska and Maria Sławek

The POLIN Music Festival is an event dedicated to the broad spectrum of Jewish music. This year, the concert inaugurating the 6th edition of the festival took place on February 23rd at the POLIN Auditorium.


Reclaiming Aspects of the Jewish Past and Remixing Them: An Interview with Performance Artist Julie Weitz

A. C. Weaver and Julie Weitz

Weaver interviewed Julie Weitz about her ongoing Doikayt project: A series of ritualistic, improvisational performances at Jewish sites across Eastern Europe.


“There is always more to explore here”: A New International MA Program in Eastern European Jewish Studies at the University of Wrocław – Taught in English

Anna Nienartowicz

This fall, the Taube Department of Jewish Studies at Wroclaw University is opening its doors to international students who don’t know Polish thanks to its International MA Program in Eastern European Jewish Studies, taught entirely in English.


“Do What You Can to Survive”: Women’s Holocaust Memories in Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango

Jules Riegel

The creators of the 2023 album Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango grapple with complex questions about long-term trauma and the burdens of memory for women who survived the Holocaust.


Review of Polish Jewish Culture Beyond the Capital, edited by Halina Goldberg and Nancy Sinkoff with Natalia Aleksiun

Elena Hoffenberg

Warsaw casts a long shadow on other cities and the provinces in this account of Jewish culture throughout the Polish lands.


Review of Kenneth B. Moss’s An Unchosen People

Jolanta Mickutė

In this study of Jewish grassroots thinkers, Kenneth B. Moss offers an account of Jewish thought, culture, and choices in interwar Poland.


Review of Anne-Christin Klotz's Gemeinsam gegen Deutschland

Mariusz Kałczewiak

In this study of the Jewish press in Poland, Anne-Christin Klotz identifies Polish Jewry, and specifically local Yiddish writers and journalists, as central to understanding the Nazi threat in the 1930s.


"I salvage the shards": an interview with Polish poet Grzegorz Kwiatkowski

Jessica Kirzane and Grzegorz Kwiatkowski

An interview with Polish poet and musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski.


Chaim Grade: Facts of a Life

Susanne Klingenstein and Yehudah DovBer Zirkind

This essay offers the first fruits of laborious research in Grade’s papers, which were were jointly acquired by the National Library of Israel and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York in 2013.


A Meeting Place for Two Worlds: An Interview with Piotr Nazaruk and Lublin’s Grodzka Gate Center

Magdalena Kozłowska

Magdalena Kozłowska interviews Piotr Nazaruk about Lublin's Grodzka Gate Center and the center's new online exhibit of memory maps from yizkor bikher and oral history interviews.


Asch’s Kutno: Celebrating An Author’s Life and Culture in His Hometown

Gabe Miner

Every two years, the town of Kutno, Poland hosts the Sholem Asch Festival, which organizers describe as an “event connecting the past with the present of Kutno, once a Polish-Jewish town in which Jews constituted over 70% of the population in the 19th century.”

Texts & Translation

בײַטאָג אױפֿן אַלטן מאַרק

A Day in the Old Market

Yakov Leshchinsky

Translation by Robert Brym

An Extract from Yakov Leshchinsky's Di ekonomishe lage fun Yidn in Poyln.

Texts & Translation

דער רבי ר' בעריש בעל־תּשובֿה פֿון קראָקע

The Rebbe R. Berish Bal-tshuve of Krakow

Meir Bałaban

Translation by Avinoam J. Stillman

1931 newspaper article by the Polish Jewish historian Meir Bałaban concerning the curious Hasidic figure known as Berish Bal-tshuve


Communicating Jewish History in Poland Today

Madeleine Cohen

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews was decades in the making and now tells the thousand year history of Polish Jews in the old heart of Jewish Warsaw. 


Coordinated Movement?: Vladimir Jabotinsky and Polish Jewish Youth

Sarah Ellen Zarrow

Sarah Ellen Zarrow on language politics in Jabotinzky's Revisionist Zionism


A Writer in the Spa: Identifying Jacob Glatstein’s Protagonist

Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska

In his novel Ven Yash iz gekumen, Jacob Glatstein wrote a Poland both familiar and strange, and peopled it with characters based on the real-life literary figures and historians he met in the spa town of Nałęczów.