WARSAW, Poland — An ambitious museum devoted to the 1,000-year history of Poland’s Jews will open on the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, officials said Monday.
Some 500,000 visitors are expected each year to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews to view multimedia exhibits on the life and culture of Jews in Poland, their fate in the Holocaust and the present day, as Jewish culture is being gradually revived.
“The Jews were a part of the Polish landscape, now they are gone,” said historian Marian Turski. “We want to fill in this vacuum.”
“This (museum) is about people who were here, who created their works here, who contributed to the progress of the civilization,” said Turski, who is head of the Jewish Historical Institute, which is cooperating on the project.
The building is an austere concrete-and-glass structure, divided by a jagged chasm that symbolizes Moses’ Biblical parting of the Red Sea that allowed the Jews to flee slavery in Egypt.