International scholarly conference “The Jewish Community in Poland before and after the 1967–68 Anti-Semitic Campaign” – Warsaw, 6–7 December 2007


International scholarly conference
“The Jewish Community in Poland
before and after the 1967–68 Anti-Semitic Campaign”
(Warsaw, 6–7 December 2007)


6 December (Thursday)

9.00–9.20 Opening of the conference – Prof. Janusz Kurtyka, IPN Chairman

9.20–10.00 Introductory Lecture – Prof. Antony Polonsky, Tradition of Polish Jewry and the Consequences of the Holocaust.

10.00–11.30 Session I – chair: Prof. Jan Żaryn
10.00–10.20 Prof. Jaff Schatz, The World of Mentality and Identity of Polish-Jewish Communists: A Sketch for the Portrait.
10.20–10.40 Prof. Marci Shore, Children of the Revolution: The Post-War Biographies of Berman Brothers.
10.40–11.00 Dr Łukasz Kamiński, Polish Society and the Problem of Anti-Semitism, 1945–60.
11.00–11.30 Discussion

11.30–11.45 Coffee break

11.45–13.40 Session II – chair: Prof. Antony Polonsky
11.45–12.05 Ms Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, Written-down Conversations: An Unknown Aspect of the History of Jewish-Jewish Relations.
12.05–12.25 Ms Audrey Kichelewski, To Help Our Brothers in Poland… The Activity of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Assistance for the Jewish Community in Poland, 1957–67.
12.25–12.45 Dr Leszek Gluchowski, Jewish Issues in the Thinking of the Polish Communist Military Intelligence Service, 1945–61.
12.45–13.05 Dr Bożena Szaynok, Israeli Issues in the Operations of the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs, 1948–67.
13.05–13.40 Discussion

13.40–15.00 Lunch break

15.00–16.30 Session III – chair: Prof. Włodzimierz Suleja
15.00–15.20 Prof. Dariusz Stola, Why and How did the March 1968 Campaign hit the Jews?
15.20–15.40 Prof. Jerzy Eisler, March 1968 as seen through a Lens of a Security Service Camera.
15.40–16.00 Prof. Jan Żaryn, The Attitude of the Hierarchy and the Lay of the Catholic Church in Poland towards the 1967–68 Anti-Semitic Campaign: The Current State of Knowledge and Research Postulates.
16.00–16.30 Discussion

16.30–16.45 Coffee break

16.45–18.45 Panel discussion: Polish Communist Authorities’ Policy towards the Jews, 1944–70.
Moderator – Prof. Dariusz Stola
Members of the panel – Dr hab. Grzegorz Berendt, Prof. Jerzy Eisler, Dr Łukasz Kamiński, Prof. Leszek Olejnik

7 December (Friday)

9.00–11.15 Session IV – chair Prof. Jaff Schatz
9.00–9.20 Prof. Włodzimierz Suleja, Zionists in Lower Silesia, 1967–968.
9.20–9.40 Prof. Leszek Olejnik, The Jewish Community of Łódź, 1956–72.
9.40–10.00 Dr Janusz Mieczkowski, The Impact of the 1968 Events at the Jewish Live in Western Pomerania.
10.00–10.20 Ms Karen Auerbach, The Jewish Families of 16 Ujazdowskie Avenue in Post-War Warsaw: Ethical Dilemmas in Research on Assimilation in People's Poland.
10.20–10.40 Dr Edyta Gawron, A Pole or a Jew? The Jewish Community in Cracow during the 1967–68 Anti-Semitic Campaign.
10.40–11.15 Discussion

11.15–11.30 Coffee break

11.30–13.30 Session V – chair Prof. Andrzej Krakowski
11.30–11.50 Prof. Holli Levitsky, The Personal and Political Life of Sara Nomberg-Przytyk.
11.50–12.10 Dr Aleksandra Namysło, The “Anti-Zionist” Campaign in the Katowice Province, 1967–68.
12.10–12.30 Dr hab. Grzegorz Berendt, Code name “Aggressors” – Surveillance of the Jewish Community by the Security Service and the Military Internal Service in the Gdańsk Region after 1960
12.30–12.50 Mr Stanisław Aronson, Fighting for independence of Poland and Israel
12.50–13.30 Discussion

13.30–15.00 Lunch break

15.00–17.15 Session VI – chair: Prof. Leszek Olejnik
15.00–15.20 Mr Paweł Tomasik, The Activity of the “Babel” Youth Club as Seen by the Security Service.
15.20–15.40 Mr Witold Mędykowski, Echoes of the “Anti-Zionist” Campaign in Poland in the Israeli Press, 1967–67.
15.40–16.00 Joanna Wiszniewicz, Before and After the Shock: Building a New Identity of Young March ’68 Émigrés in America.
16.00–16.20 Dr Leopold Sobel, Memory of Poland in the Recollections and Reflections of March ’68 Émigrés Published in “Plotkies”.
16.40–17.15 Discussion

17.15–17.30 Coffee break

17.30–19.00 Panel discussion: Factors Shaping the Jewish Identity in Poland before and after the 1967–68 “Anti-Zionist” Campaign.
Moderator: Dr Leopold Sobel
Members of the panel: Mr Stanisław Aronson, Prof. Andrzej Krakowski, Prof. Jaff Schatz, Ms Joanna Wiszniewicz

19.00 Summing-up and closing of the conference

More information on the conference at Grzegorz Berendt: and Anna Piekarska: 

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