By now we’re all familiar with the narrative of the return of Jewish life in Poland. The increasing interest of Poles in all things Jewish intersects with the many Jews outside Poland who have devoted themselves to studying, documenting, and making art from the rich history of Polish Jewish life. What is at stake in the representation of Jewish Poland? And what are the questions we must ask ourselves when doing this work? This panel will feature four of our Klezkanada faculty who all specialize in a different aspect of Polish/Jewish life. David Kaufman is a film maker and photographer who has documented, among other things, the Warsaw Ghetto and the synagogues of Poland. Ellie Shapiro is writing her dissertation on contemporary Jewish cultural initiatives in Poland. Agi Legutko is an IB Singer scholar, as well as being a native of Krakow who lectures on and leads Jewish tours of the city. Michael Steinlauf is a scholar of Jewish Polish history and director of the Holocaust and Genocide Program at Gratz College.
Faculty: David Kaufman, Ellie Shapiro, Agi Legutko, Michael Steinlauf
Moderated by: Rokhl Kafrissen