Who We Are:
The Zikaron – Global Polish Jews Initiative – is a multinational initiative launched in 2016 as a collaborative project involving Polish Jews in Poland, Israel as well as in the Diasporas. Its work engages scholars, civic leaders, artists, professionals, governments and the broader public in an effort to promote stronger and deeper understanding of historical and political experience of Polish Jews.
Mission and Goals:
To deepen understanding of the breadth, complexity, and diversity of Polish-Jewish relations over the centuries, with a view to the future. More specifically, to enable the two peoples to:
Understand each other’s historical experience and narratives;
Address embedded stereotypes;
Promote mutual awareness of the extended periods of peaceful coexistence, cooperation and cross-cultural interaction;
Deepen knowledge and understanding of the periods of crisis, in particular the Shoah, and the destructive effects of totalitarian Communism, notably the March 68 events
Take appropriate action to honor the victims of Nazism and of Communist rule; and
Contribute to strengthened national identities on the basis of greater Polish-Jewish understanding and mutual respect.
What We Do:
Scholarly and educational initiatives, in particular, the development of a “shared historical narrative” that engages leading scholars and experts from around the world to produce a truthful and insightful account of the relationship over the centuries;
Creation of a range of products and events, which are informed by the findings of the shared historical narrative, designed to reach wide audiences in Poland, Israel and the Diasporas. These include web-based resources; publications on relevant themes; multi-media exhibits, podcasts, and educational materials; documentary films; seminars, conferences, and public meetings and events; and special projects;
Advocacy on issues that have the potential of addressing historic wounds, including the protection and consecration of mass graves, and raising awareness about non-Jewish Poles who helped or saved Jews during World War II.
We are open to collaboration concerning well-intended initiatives to preserve the memory of Polish Jews in all aspects in Poland, Israel and in the Diaspora