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Marshal Józef Piłsudski and Jews. Lecture by Prof. Jolanta Żyndul

18:00 h
13 Nov

Pilsudski - net

At this lecture, we will learn more about the letters written to Józef Piłsudski by Polish Jews in 1926-1935. These letters reflect the attitude of Jewish people in Poland to the Marshal, their thoughts about him, the hopes they had for him, their disappointment with the situation in the newly created Polish state as well as conflicting attitudes within the local Jewish community. What was Pilsudski's perception of Zionists, assimilators, leftists, and Orthodox Jews? For what did Polish Jews turn to him as citizens of the Second Polish Republic? Did they get any response to their requests? By answering these and other questions we will attempt to reconstruct Pilsudski's image in the eyes of the Jews in pre-war Poland.

Led by Prof. Jolanta Żyndul, a historian who specializes in Jewish history and Polish-Jewish relations in the XIX and XX centuries. She works at the Jewish Historical Institute. She is currently in the process of publishing a book on the attitude of Jews to Józef Piłsudski.

In Polish, free admission.