Holocaust Studies in Poland: Crucial Issues (Conference Keynote)

When and Where

Monday, October 03, 2022 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
JHB100 and online
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George Street, 1st floor


Jan T. Gross (Princeton University
Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa)
Joanna Tokarska-Bakir (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Piotr Wrobel (University of Toronto)
Doris Bergen


The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is delighted to invite you to the following conference:

Himel Family Conference in Jewish Studies
Date: Monday, October 3

Conference Keynote Panel: "Holocaust Studies in Poland: Crucial Issues"
Featuring a panel of Jan T. Gross (Princeton University), Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa), and Joanna Tokarska-Bakir (Polish Academy of Sciences), Piotr Wrobel (Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History, University of Toronto), and moderated by Doris Bergen (Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto)
Date: Monday, October 3
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: JHB100 / Zoom

Description: The Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine have distracted the scholarly world from many important subjects discussed previously. The goal of this symposium is to refresh academic interests in the Holocaust studies in Poland. Three outstanding scholars of world-renown will discuss issues crucial to contemporary Polish debates surrounding the Holocaust, in both public and academic realms. Professor Jan T. Gross from Princeton University will discuss the repercussions of his pathbreaking book Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne. Professor Jan Grabowski from the University of Ottawa will talk about the activities of the present Polish government against the scholars whose work does not align with the official “historical policy.” Finally, Professor Joanna Tokarska-Bakir from the Polish Academy of Sciences will report on her research on the anti-Jewish pogroms in Poland at the end of and after the Second World War. After three morning lectures, the audience will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion with the three presenters during the afternoon panel session. The organizers hope that the symposium will ignite a series of similar events on the Polish-Jewish history.

This conference is co-sponsored by Renee Levkovitch, Centre for European Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Department of History, Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies, and Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship, Ottawa

Please note: ATCJS requests that all in-person attendees wear a mask to protect our vulnerable community members.
This conference and keynote panel will be delivered in-person at JHB100 and virtually via Zoom.

Contact Information

Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies


Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies


170 St. George Street, 1st floor