6.06.2023

The Order of Violence. Difficult heritage of Getto Benches in Polish Universities.

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Program

The Ghetto Benches (segregated seating in Universities between Jews and Non-Jews) was an institutionalized form of discrimination against the Jewish community inspired by the activities during the interwar period of the right-wing nationalist organizations: All-Poland Youth, Camp of Greater Poland, and the National Radical Camp. In the 1930s, ethno-religious segregation of students of Jewish origin was intensified, for example, by forcing them to take certain seats in lecture halls.

It was the university authorities of the time who were responsible for introducing these sanctions, and few know that these orders have, to this day, still not been repealed. Are they still a legal problem? Should they be officially repealed, and if so, should there be compensation or consequence again the universities? What actions have been taken so far, and what should be done to ensure that their significance is not purely symbolic?

This discussion will be attended by representatives of the academic community from Kraków, Warsaw and Poznań, who are involved in the process of restoring the memory of the Ghetto Benches, which has just begun. The meeting will be an opportunity to reflect on this specific example of difficult heritage – its complex history and far-reaching implications – in a multi-voiced, substantive discussion about this dark period in the history of Polish universities.

  • WEBINAR

    06.06.2023
    • 18.30

      Introduction to the topic of segrated seating at Polish Universities and its history

      • Natalia Judzińska PhD
      • prof. Maciej Michalski
      • HISTORY
      • CONTEXT
    • 19.15

      Reckoning with difficult histories at Polish Universities.

      • Sebastian Słowiński
      • Agnieszka Zawisza
      • Mariia Varlygina
      • ACTIVISM
      • MEMORY
    • 20.00

      The memory of the segregated seating, yesterday and today.

      • prof. Roma Sendyka
      • prof. Joanna Wawrzyniak
      • att. Marcin Parzyński
      • MEMORY
      • LAW
      • ORDER

Partners

  • The event is under the honorary patronage of the Rector of the Jagiellonian College, Prof. Dr. hab. Jacek Popiel.

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  • The event is co-organized with Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow

  • The event is co-organized with the Research Center for Memory Cultures of the Jagiellonian University

Introduction to the topic of segrated seating at Polish Universities and its history
Reckoning with difficult histories at Polish Universities.
The memory of the segregated seating, yesterday and today.

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