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Jewish Historical Institute (Zydowski Instytut Historyczny)

Ul. Tlomackie 3/5, Warsaw, Poland (Śródmieście Północne)
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Ranked #56 of 133 attractions in Warsaw
Type: History Museums
Most recent review
- Nov 17, 2013
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Albany, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

I am glad I went to this museum as the movie on what Warsaw Ghetto life was like filmed during the actual time was moving and made you feel like you were there. They also had other great archival material. In addition, they had an exhibit of anti-Semitic cartons that appeared in the Polish press in the period 1919 to... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

The Jewish Historical Institute has an excellent permanent exhibit about the Warsaw Ghetto. I have read and viewed this subject extensively but viewed and learned new things at this exhibit. There is also currently an exhibit about the role of Rabbis in Poland. One disappointment is that the bookstore was closed during my visit. I would have certainly purchased books... More

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Houston, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

The exhibits focus on the Warsaw ghetto archives, which are extensive and very interesting. Most of the materials were translated into English, but not the videos unfortunately. My biggest issue was the flow of the exhibits and materials - they just present everything to you at once without really separating it into themes. Otherwise nice collection.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

The core of this small museum's collection is a history of the Warsaw Ghetto that was compiled by prisoners of the ghetto. The documentation was hidden away and recovered after the war. This priceless archive is presented (with English titles) in a compelling manner. As mentioned by others, the film is an almost unbearable presentation of the suffering. I was... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

If you want to understand how the Jews lived and died in Warsaw during WWII, go to this museum and watch the film. It is shocking, but we need to view the shocking if we are to witness a tiny piece of their pain so we make sure it does not happen again. They also have excellent resources if you... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

This is a very strange museum for a city that had a huge Jewish population. There is an entrance fee, but the guy at the desk was away, endlessly chatting with the librarian, so we just walked in. First floor had a large area of photographs, nothing special. The second floor has a fabulous 20-30 minute film showing Jewish life... More

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Edmonton, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

The Institute of Jewish History was the first stop on our visit to Warsaw. The facility is compact with a photography exhibit on the first floor dealing mainly with documents about the Ringelblum archives from the Warsaw Ghetto. Upstairs however is a 30 minute film with footage from the Jewish Ghetto. The whole history of the Jewish experience comes alive.... More

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Dana Point, California
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

I was underwhelmed with this facility. I found the one floor of photos of the Jewish experience in Warsaw very interesting and was pleased that there were English translations for the captions. However, I wished there was more to the exhibition, My biggest disappointment was that I was unable to see the movie that previous reviewers found so extraordinary. I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

This cultural center is hidden away and hard to get to but very much worth it. It has the most amazing and heartbreaking primary source documentation of the Warsaw Ghetto and the tragic Jewish history in Warsaw. There were only a few people there when we were there. We were invited to see in movie, in English. It was available... More

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