posted at 20:50
Author Name: Michel Viatteau
Polish, Israeli presidents to open Jewish museum in Warsaw
Built on the site of the former Warsaw ghetto, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews will be "a game changer" for Polish-Jewish relations, the country's chief rabbi Michael Schudrich told AFP. Poland's Komorowski and Israel's Rivlin will attend the long-awaited unveiling of the museum's core exhibition to the public on Tuesday. The museum itself has been open to the public since April 2013 and has already drawn more than 400,000 visitors - in part thanks to its eye-catching design. The museum - named after the Hebrew word for both "Poland" and "Rest here" - uses narrative to bring the past to life, said Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, director of the museum's core exhibition. Rather than showcasing myriad artefacts, the museum recounts that past with the help of multimedia installations and by recreating scenes of everyday life. The museum's creation has coincided with an unexpected "Coming out" of a third-generation of descendants of Jews who survived the Holocaust. Private donors, Diaspora Jews and Poles raised 33 million euros to pay for the museum's core exhibition, while the city of Warsaw and culture ministry funded the building to the tune of 42.5 million euros. "But whatever is left, certainly this museum will help to make anti-Semitism even smaller."

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