Zikaron – POLISH JEWS GLOBAL INITIATIVE

logo Ziakron“There was a forest, and the tree only left now…”

Zikaorn is multinational initiative launched in 2016 as a collaborative project involving Polish Jews in Poland, Israel as well as in the Diaspora. Its work engages scholars, civic leaders, artists, professionals, governments and the broader public in an effort to promote deeper understanding of historical, political, and societal experience of Polish Jews.

We are open to collaboration concerning positive initiatives to preserve all aspects of the memory of Polish Jews in Poland, Israel and in the Diaspora.

To deepen understanding of the breadth, complexity, and diversity of Polish-Jewish relations over the centuries, with a view to the future. More specifically, to enable the two peoples to:

  • Understand each other’s historical experience and narrative
  • Address the existence of embedded stereotypes
  • Promote mutual awareness of the extended periods of peaceful coexistence, cooperation and cross-cultural interaction
  • Deepen the understanding and the multigenerational impact of the Holocaust on Jews everywhere
  • Deepen the understanding and the multigenerational impact of other events in Polish-Jewish history such as the destructive effects of totalitarian Communism, including March 68e
  • Contribute to strengthened national identities on the basis of greater Polish-Jewish understanding and mutual respect
  • Scholarly and educational initiatives, in particular, the development of a “shared historical narrative” that engages leading scholars and experts from around the world to produce a factual and comprehensive account of our relationship over the centuries
  • Creation of a range of programs, events, and materials, which focuses on our shared historical narrative, with a view to reach audiences in Poland, Israel and the Diaspora. These include: web-based resources; publications; multi-media exhibits; podcasts; and educational materials; documentary films; seminars, conferences, and public meetings and events
  • Creation of a range of programs, events, and materials, which focuses on our shared historical narrative, with a view to reach audiences in Poland, Israel and the Diaspora. These include: web-based resources; publications; multi-media exhibits; podcasts; and educational materials; documentary films; seminars, conferences, and public meetings and events

MEMBERS

Wlodek Guldkorn

Wlodek Guldkorn

head of Cultural Department of newspaper ‘L’Espresso’, Italy

Artur Hofman

Artur Hofman

chairman of Socio-Cultural Association of Jews in Poland

Leo Kantor

Leo Kantor

head of the International Forum of Culture in Sweden and Central Federation of Immigrants in Sweden

Bozena Werbart

Bozena Werbart

archeology professor, Sweden

Branley Zeichner

Branley Zeichner

computer scientist, Israel

Zbigniew Bidakowski

Zbigniew Bidakowski

journelist, Poland / Sweden

Slawek Zylinski

Slawek Zylinski

Head of Society of Polish Jews in Sweden and Norway and Valery Amiel, financial adviser, USA.