On March 8, Counselor for Public Affairs Frank Finver attended the opening of the new temporary exhibit at the POLIN Museum of History of Polish Jews in Warsaw ” Estranged: March ’68 and Its Aftermath.” The exhibit seeks to explain the causes and the course of events that resulted in the expulsion of thousands of Poles of Jewish descent by Poland’s Communist authorities in 1968. An installation drawing upon the 1960s aesthetics of Warsaw’s Gdański Railway Station, from which the emigres departed with their one way tickets, is the focal point of the exhibit which runs from March 9 – September 24, 2018. Visitors are also able to listen to oral history interviews with some of the individuals expelled in 1968 to learn about the impact of the expulsion on their lives.
The Embassy has been a proud partner of the POLIN Museum since its opening and commends POLIN for creating a space for dialogue, understanding and tolerance. The Embassy frequently cooperates with POLIN on cultural and educational projects undertaken by its leadership under current Museum Director Dariusz Stola. Other guests who attended the opening of the timely exhibit were the representative of the European Committee for Support of the POLIN Museum; the Ambassadors of Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, and Sweden; the Deputy Mayor of Warsaw; and prominent NGO and civil society activists.