New Museums In Russia and Poland To Use JDC Materials

Two innovative new museums are using JDC Archives materials to help tell the story of the Jewish people.

In Moscow, the $50 million Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, which opened in November 2012, features 28 historical and rare JDC Archives photos in its exhibits. A deal that had been in the works since 2011, the photos explore subjects such as the Agro-Joint program from 1924 to 1938, Jewish life in the pre-World War II Soviet Union, and JDC activities in Russia since 1991. For more information on the museum, visit:

In Warsaw, the new Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, which officially opened in April on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, will use more than 15 JDC Archives photos to tell the story of rebuilding Jewish communities in Poland after the Holocaust. Also among the photos the museum will display are unique images from a Foto Forbert collection commissioned by JDC in April 1940 to publicize the deteriorating situation of Warsaw’s Jews.

The museum is planning to use rare JDC footage from a 1938 film called “Training for Life,” which portrays Jewish life and community institutions in Poland before the Nazi invasion one year later. More information on the museum is available at:

For more information on JDC’s history and to start your exploration of our organization and your family’s past, visit:



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