Polish Jews:

Warsaw Ghetto remains and Jewish revival

Thursday, March 23

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Before World War II, Warsaw was the second largest Jewish city in the world after New York. They were among three million Polish Jews killed by the German Nazis. Many survivors left Poland after the war, but some of them decided to stay. Many Jewish kids were adopted by Polish families and often until their adult life they didn't even know they were Jewish. For the last 20-30 years, young Polish people have been discovering their Jewish roots which were often hidden by their parents and grandparents - Holocaust survivors. I am one of them, and I want to share my family's story with you. As I work as a city guide, I will also take you on a virtual tour of the Warsaw Ghetto remains, and I will show you how Jewish life in Warsaw has been revived.

About Łukasz

Łukasz Godlewski was born in Warsaw in 1982 and his family has been living there since the 19th century. He studied Psychology of Intercultural Relations at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and was a volunteer for The Jewish Community of Warsaw and The Polish Humanitarian Action. Since 2013 he's been working as a city guide of Warsaw after completing his course at PTTK, the oldest Polish guiding organization. In 2018 he became a licensed guide of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. He feels fortunate to share his passion for history, art and architecture with people from all over the world.