Jewish Historical Institute

Jewish Historical Institute

Jewish Historical Institute
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Speciality MuseumsLibrariesHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Śródmieście Północne
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  • Ratusz Arsenał • 2 min walk
  • Muranów • 8 min walk
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70ava
Beijing, China1,002 contributions
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Jul 2022
The story of the Jews living in the ghetto of Warsaw under horrible conditions, and working tirelessly to document the history as much as possible is the main theme of this museum. Thanks to their bravery, their understanding of this historical moment they were witnessing and their team spirit, we know what really happened there. How this huge archive of testimonies was eventually found and restored is an amazing story in itself. Not to be missed.
Written 29 July 2022
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Danno_99
Europe1,992 contributions
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Aug 2021
The museum is focuses on records documenting Jewish life under the Nazis in Warsaw. Much of the museum deals with who collected the records, how they were collected and stored. There are many personal stories about Jews who lived there - some as recorded texts, many others as letters and postcards that were sent during the holocaust. There are several short films as well.
Worth visiting, but bear in mind the focus is narrow.
Written 9 September 2021
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
I came to the Jewish Historical Institute for two reasons and found another while I visiting.

The first reason was to see whether I could answer some family heritage questions. The Institute’s world class genealogy staff deeply focuses on your family, doesn’t rush, and navigates with you real time through the online documentation that, while accessible abroad, can be challenging and, once you have found related documents, translates them and deciphers the antiquated script when necessary. They have also followed up after my visit with additional information. Through my work with them I have solved some longstanding family mysteries and been better able to navigate the resources on my own. I contacted them ahead of time and scheduled my visit and recommend that you do so too. They cover historical Poland, including parts of what is now Ukraine.

The second reason we went was to see the Permanent Exhibit (which changes periodically because it differed from the exhibit that I saw on my first visit in 2005). This exhibit was indeed special and inspirational in many ways. The main portion addresses the many facets of “Oneg Shabbat” (Joy of the Sabbath), the organization of several dozen people within the Warsaw Ghetto who took as their mission to clandestinely and systematically chronicle for history the establishment, operation, and liquidation of the Ghetto by the Nazis, as well as the testimonies from others, including an escapee from the Treblinka extermination camp. The exhibit shows how, under the most difficult and dangerous circumstances, they created the records and hid them before the Ghetto’s destruction and how the documents, photographs, and artifacts were found and preserved after the war. Many original documents are on display and a video describes the recovery process. When you realize that those who worked diligently and selflessly to create and hide the archive did so knowing that they would likely die before the truth came to light, the majesty of this effort becomes even more awe-inspiring. Three Oneg Shabbat members survived the war and assisted in the archive’s recovery and restoration.

The building itself is its own significant story and represents another reason to visit. Erected as the main Judaic Library alongside Warsaw’s Great Synagogue just before the Second World War, it was damaged when the synagogue was blown up by the Nazis on May 16, 1943. The library survived, but traces of the resulting fire from the explosion can still be seen on the lobby floor. Another living testament to surviving evil.
Written 17 October 2019
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AshesToProveIt
Philadelphia314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The museum holds records, photographs, videos and artifacts from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi occupation, chronicled by a small clandestine group within the Ghetto during the war. You can go through the museum within an hour to two hours. Being able to read the reports and personal writings of these people caught in a desperate and hopeless situation is very moving and, of course, sad. The reports made by this group were used at the Nuremberg trials. A visit to this museum is well worth the time. There is also a small bookstore attached to an internal small cafe within the museum. The museum is located in the Ghetto area, only about a 10 minute walk from the much larger and better known Polin Museum of the History of the Jewish People.
Written 23 May 2019
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wilanow
London, UK129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We went on a Sunday and pre ordered tickets, that were free, online. A very interesting insight in to the suffering of Jewish people during the war. We spent 2.5 hours here. There was an exhibition of photographs on the top floor.
Written 20 May 2019
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Daniel S
Owego, NY796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Be ready to go through airport type screening. Just not convenient.
There are many video displays and history. Not many artifacts.
Written 2 May 2019
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hedyjacobson
Jerusalem, Israel7 contributions
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Aug 2018
Warsaw is a city well worth visiting, for the architecture, cultural activities and culinary possibilities. But it is also a city with a painful history in general and specifically when talking about the history of the Jewish people and their fate during WW2. An important site to visit, if you want to understand what went on behind the walls of the Warsaw ghetto, is the Jewish Historical Institute. Here you will find (being guided by professional guides of the place) the remnants of testimonies in an amazing archive (Oneg Shabat) that was created by people whose bodies were deteriorating but whose spirits and amazing vision for the future could not be quenched by the nazis and their collaborators. Spiritual resistance that has a lot to teach us all today.
Written 16 January 2019
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Robert M
Glasgow, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
The permanent exhibition in the Institute is 'Oneg Szabat' which is about the ressurected and recovered chronicles written by Jews trapped (mainly) in the Warsaw Ghetto, hidden by a cultural group in Nowolipki Street in 1944 and excavated in 1948. Many of the documents, or copies of them, are on display and present a full picture of their teament by the Nazis. There is aklso an interesting video that presents how the documents were recovered.
Written 4 October 2018
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Margaret P
Melbourne, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
This is a comprehensive history of Jews in Poland (including during WW2). The exhibits are amazing and you need to spend a few hours there. We had lunch in the cafe which offered good Polish food.
Written 12 September 2018
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rafiSoCal
Sherman Oaks, CA., U.S.A.67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
You can't understand the depth, breadth or or unique presence of the Jewish presence in Poland until you've spent the time to visit this Museum while in Varshava!
Written 27 August 2018
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