Survivors Survey Galicia Jewish Museum

Introduction

 
The Galicia Jewish Museum was established in 2004 with the mission to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the 800-year history of Jews in Poland. Our goal is to impart knowledge, but also encourage reflection. The Museum is located in the heart of Kazimierz, Kraków’s historic Jewish district. It is a dynamic, growing cultural institution that seeks to raise awareness of Poland’s Jewish past, present and future among Poles and people from around the world.

In 2006, the Galicia Jewish Museum in cooperation with AJC and PAJA prepared an exhibition called Polish Heroes: Those Who Saved Jews. Its goal was to honour the Righteous Among the Nations and present profiles of some of the people from Kraków and the surrounding area who have received this title.

At the moment, we are preparing a companion exhibition that will explore the topics raised earlier from a different perspective, and will be focused on people from historic Galicia who survived the Second World War and the Holocaust. The exhibition is planned for 2014.

The new exhibition will present the fates of survivors, to show similarities and differences in their stories; and, on a symbolic level, show moments where they did or did not receive help. Presented visually, the entwining stories of different lives and experiences will form the culmination of the exhibition.

The goal of this project is to explore survivors’ stories and recollections, presenting different paths and manners of survival. We would like to make visitors to the exhibition aware of the many elements, the complicated and dangerous situations that made up the experience of survivors during the Holocaust. The planned exhibition is also a way of honouring all those who survived these horrors, as well as recognising any who aided them during these times.

Making this exhibition would not be possible without your help, your memories and your willingness to share your stories of these tragic events with the next generation. Below you will find a basic survey that will help us to start the project. Therefore, we kindly ask to give only short answers. Based on this form we will be contacting you with more detailed questions.

Thank you very much for completing our questionnaire. We are honoured that you are willing to share your memories with us.

If you have any questions, suggestions or advice, please feel free to contact the Galicia Jewish Museum’s Education Department:

Galicia Jewish Museum
Ul. Dajwór 18
31-052 Kraków, POLAND

Małgorzata Fus malgorzata@galiciajewishmuseum.org


Telephone: (0048) 12 421 68 42
1. Name and surname.
Year of birth and place of birth.
2. Please choose the option(s) that best describes your family’s situation before the war:
a) assimilated;
b) traditional;
c) very religious;
d) we only celebrated the most important Jewish holidays;
e) culturally mixed (i.e.: mixed marriage).
3. Where did you spend the years 1939-1945? Please write down as many places and dates as you can remember.
4. Did you receive any help from non-Jews during the war? If yes, what sort of help? For how long was this help extended?
5. If you answered ‘YES’ to Question 5, did you know the person(s) who helped you before the war?
6. If you answered ‘YES’ to Question 5, did you have contact with anyone who helped you after the war? Are you still in contact?
7. Where did you live after the war (city, state)?
8. Where do you live now (city, state)?
9. Do you have have any photographs or other documents from the period 1939-1945 related to your experiences? What kind of documents?
10. How can we contact you? Email address? Telephone? Please specify.
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