Jewish Historical Institute

Coordinates: 52°14′39″N 21°00′10″E / 52.244167°N 21.002778°E / 52.244167; 21.002778
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Jewish Historical Institute
Żydowski Instytut Historyczny
‏ייִדישער היסטאָרישער אינסטיטוט
Coordinates52°14′39″N 21°00′10″E / 52.244167°N 21.002778°E / 52.244167; 21.002778
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Key people
Prof. dr hab. Paweł Śpiewak
Jolanta Hercog

The Jewish Historical Institute (Polish: Żydowski Instytut Historyczny or ŻIH; Yiddish: ‏ייִדישער היסטאָרישער אינסטיטוט), also known as the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, is a public cultural and research institution in Warsaw, Poland, chiefly dealing with the history of Jews in Poland and Jewish culture.


The Jewish Historical Institute was created in 1947 as a continuation of the Central Jewish Historical Commission [pl], founded in 1944. The Jewish Historical Institute Association is the corporate body responsible for the building and the institute's holdings. The Institute falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 2009 it was named after Emanuel Ringelblum and became a public cultural institution. The institute is a repository of documentary materials relating to the Jewish historical presence in Poland. It is also a centre for academic research, study and the dissemination of knowledge about the history and culture of Polish Jewry.[1]

The most valuable part of the collection is the Warsaw Ghetto Archive, known as the Ringelblum Archive (collected by the Oyneg Shabbos). It contains some 6,000 documents (some 30,000 pages).[1]

An exhibition on the first floor

Other important collections concerning World War II include testimonies (mainly of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust), memoirs and diaries, documentation of the Joint and Jewish Self-Help (welfare organizations active in Poland under the occupation), and documents from the Jewish Councils (Judenräte). The section on the documentation of Jewish historical sites holds about 40 thousand photographs concerning Jewish life and culture in Poland.[1]

The institute has published a series of documents from the Ringelblum Archive, as well as numerous wartime memoirs and diaries.[2] Also, for over 60 years now, the institute has been publishing an academic journal renamed in 2001 as the Jewish History Quarterly [pl] (Polish: Kwartalnik Historii Żydów), registered on the Master Journal List of outstanding academic journals in 2011.[3]

In 2021, Monika Krawczyk, a lawyer and the managing director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in the years 2004–2019, was appointed the Director of the Jewish Historical Institute by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.[4]



  1. ^ a b c "The Jewish Historical Institute, homepage". Archived from the original on 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  2. ^ Stephan Stach Geschichtsschreibung und politische Vereinnahmungen: Das Jüdische Historische Institut in Warschau 1947-1968, in: Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts / Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook VII (2008), 401-431, ISBN 978-3-525-36934-0
  3. ^ Jewish Historical Institute, The Jewish History Quarterly. Archived 2019-10-24 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Jewish Historical Institute, Monika Krawczyk appointed director of the Jewish Historical Institute