Warsaw. Marian Turski will lead the Program Council of the POLIN Museum in the next term of office

The newly appointed Program Board of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews appointed from among its members the chairman Marian Turski and his deputies: Aldona Machnowska-Góra, vice-president of Warsaw, and Artur Hofman, president of the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland.

Marian Turski will chair the POLIN Council in the next term of office 2022-2026. He has held this position since the beginning of the museum’s existence.

Composition of the POLIN Museum Council

The POLIN Museum Council is composed of representatives of the three founders of the Museum, ie the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Warsaw: Artur Hofman; Ronald S. Lauder; Aldona Machnowska-Góra; Ewa Malinowska-Grupińska; prof. dr hab. Andrzej Paczkowski; Shana Penn; Zygmunt Rolat; prof. Adam Daniel Rotfeld; Richard Schnepf; Jarosław Sellin, PhD; Albert Stankowski; Dr. Mateusz Szpytma; Marian Turski; Bronisław Wildstein; Piotr Wiślicki.

The Museum Council is a collective that brings together various groups involved in the museum’s activities. The council’s task is to assess the museum’s achievements to date and help define the directions of its further development. It includes – apart from practitioners of various fields – many eminent scientists and experts on Jewish history and general history. By the decision of the founders of the museum, it is the council that accepts the final shape of the permanent exhibition.

Who is Marian Turski?

Marian Turski was born in 1926 in Druskienniki as Mosze Turbowicz. He was 14 when he ended up in the Łódź ghetto, where he was active in the underground organization Left Union. In 1944, one of the last transports was taken to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. There, the Germans murdered his father and brother.

In 1945 he survived two death marches: in January – from Auschwitz to Buchenwald, in April – from Buchenwald to Theresienstadt, where on May 8, in a state of agony, he was liberated by the Red Army.

After the end of World War II, he moved to Lower Silesia. In 1949 he moved to Warsaw.

He is a historian and journalist, and a social activist. Since 1958, he has been the head of the historical section of the Polityka weekly. He wrote, edited and edited several books, including: “Lumumba and his country” (Warsaw, 1962), “Terminal Operation” (Warsaw, 1965), “They were then children” (Warsaw, 1975), “Ruch Pokoju. People,” facts “(Warsaw, 1975),” Fate of the Jews. Testimony of the living “(volume I – Warsaw, 1996, volume II – Warsaw, 1999, volume III – Warsaw, 2006),” Polish Witnesses to the Shoah “(London, 2010) , “Art in the places of death. European monuments to the victims of Nazism” (with Halina Taborska, Krakow-Budapest-Syracuse, 2019), “What the victims knew about their fate” (Krakow, 2020), “XI Do not be indifferent” (Wołowiec, 2021).

Statements by Auschwitz survivors: Halina Birenbaum, Bogdan Bartnikowski and Marian TurskiTVN24

Honorary citizen of Warsaw

Marian Turski was awarded the title of honorary citizen of the capital city of Warsaw, among others for his many years of effort leading to the establishment of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Muranów. From the beginning, he has also been the chairman of the Museum Council. He sits on the board of: the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland, the Association of Jewish Combatants and Victims of World War II, the Council of the House of the Wannsee Conference – Memorial and Historical Education Site in Berlin.

For many years he was the vice-president of the International Auschwitz Committee, and from June 11, 2021, he is the president of this committee. – There are hateful events today, not only in Europe, that remind us of those times – said Marian Turski at the time. – It is for this reason that we, the Auschwitz survivors and the International Auschwitz Committee, must continue to be heard very clearly in the world – he added.

On March 25, 2022, Marian Turski was awarded the title of doctor honoris causa by the UMCS Senate “for the noble fulfillment of the mission of the guardian of the memory of the common Polish-Jewish history, restoring faith in the causative power of free speech and the deep moral dimension of the commandment ‘Do not be indifferent’, which becomes universal human commitment to our fellow human beings and the world. “

Marian Turski is a laureate of high decorations from Poland, France, Germany, Finland, Luxembourg and Austria.

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