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President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum of the history of Polish Jews, 26 June 2007

The Museum of History of Polish Jews (Polish: Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich) is a new museum under construction on the site of the Warsaw ghetto. The museum is scheduled to open in 2011; the cornerstone was laid in 2007.[1] The museum will feature multimedia exhibits on vibrant Jewish community that flourished in Poland for a thousand years.[2] The building, a modern structure in glass and limestone, was designed by Finnish architects Rainer Mahlamaki and Ilmari Lahdelma.[3]

The museum's academic consultants are Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett from the New York University, Hanna Zaremska from the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Adam Teller of Haifa University, David Assaf of Tel Aviv University, Marcin Wodziński from University of Wrocław, Samuel Kassow of Trinity College, Michael Steinlauf of Gratz College in Philadelphia, Barbara Enkelging-Boni from Polish Center of the Holocaust in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Jacek Leociak, Polish Academy of Sciences, Havi Ben Sasson, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Helena Datner, The Jewish Historical Institute, and Stanisław Krajewski of Warsaw University.[4]

The North American Council of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews[2] is a U.S. based non-profit organization supporting the creation of the Museum.

On June 17th 2009 the museum launched a bilingual Polish-English website called the Museum of the History of Polish Jews "Virtual Shtetl", listing 1,240 towns with maps, statistics and picture galleries.[5] The new portal intends to collect and provide essential information about Jewish life in Poland prior to Second World War and the Holocaust in Poland.

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  1. ^ Polish, Jewish leaders break ground on landmark Jewish museum The Associated Press, June 26, 2007
  2. ^ Poland's new Jewish museum to mark community's thousand-year history, The Associated Press, June 24, 2007 [1]
  3. ^ Polish, Jewish leaders break ground on landmark Jewish museum The Associated Press, June 26, 2007
  4. ^ Museum of the History of Polish Jews: About the museum
  5. ^ “The Virtual Shtetl”

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