The Oneg Szabat Academy

On 8 and 9 December, the Oneg Szabat Academy was held at the Jewish Historical Institute. It was attended by 20 teachers from all across Poland. The seminar, which lasts two days, is addressed at teachers, educators and local activists involved in projects dedicated to Jewish issues, multiculturality and tolerance.
The Academy was part of the Oneg Szabat Program.

A significant part of the seminar was dedicated to subjects related to the history of the Oneg Shabbat group and their work — the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto.

The workshop was opened by Anna Duńczyk-Szulc, deputy director of the JHI, who was followed by the education department team: Agnieszka Kajczyk, Olga Szymańska and dr Bartek Borys.

On the first day, participants had seen the temporary exhibition, „The Free Bird. Der Frayer Foygl”, guided by the curator, dr Agnieszka Żółkiewska. Later, dr Katarzyna Person gave a lecture about the Jewish community in occupied Poland. Other parts of the course included a guided tour to the permanent exhibition — „What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world” and a workshop „Goodbye. Hopefully we will manage to hide it. The Great Deportation and the hiding of the first part of the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, according to testaments left by Dawid Graber and Nachum Grzywacz”, ran by Olga Szymańska.

After a break, the digitalisation team: Krzysztof Czajka-Kalinowski, Marta Wojas and Grzegorz Kwolek have presented DELET – an education and research webportal. They have also discussed the problems of practical analysis of photographic material. The day closed with a projection of „Who will write our history?”, a film by Roberta Grossman, with an introduction by Agnieszka Kajczyk.

On the second day, the participants followed dr Bartosz Borys on the educational route at the former German extermination camp in Treblinka.


We would like to thank all the teachers for attending the course and for their engagement.