North American Council
June 8 2007

Dear Friends,

As you already know, the much anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will take place in
Warsaw on June 26. For this MHPJ North American Council update, we'd like to share with you some of the events surrounding this historic occasion.


Polish Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga will host a reception for the event's participants at the Foreign Ministry Reception Center on Foksal . Adam Kinaszewski's movie project about Isaak Bashevis Singer will be presented.


The main ceremony will be presided over by Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who will sign the groundbreaking act. The document will then be sealed in a chamber below ground along with excavated fragments of the neighborhood's buildings and streets destroyed during the Ghetto Uprising. The brass section of the Wiener Philharmoniker will provide accompaniment. President Kaczynski will be joined onstage International Honorary Committee Chairman Shimon Peres, Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Walz, Polish Minister of Culture Kazimierz Michal Ujazdowski, and Marian Turski, president of Poland's Jewish Historical Institute Association.


Further events are planned in the evening to celebrate the occasion. The Wiener Philharmoniker will hold a concert at Poland's National Opera, in the foyer of which a Museum exhibit will be on display. Meanwhile, at the site of the Museum, a free outdoor screening will be held for its neighbors and the general public. The film "Five Cities", Saul Goskind's silent 1939 documentary about pre-war Jewish life in Warsaw, Krakow, Bialystok, Lvov and Vilna, will be accompanied by a live concert of renowned jazz ensemble Simple Acoustic Trio.


As part of Cracow's Festival of Jewish Culture, Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, head of the Core Exhibition Planning Team, will lead an interactive presentation of the Museum at the Galicia Museum in Cracow's Kazimierz district. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

For more information about the Groundbreaking of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, please respond to this email or call us at 212-836-1536.

Thank you for your continued support.

Museum of the History of Polish Jews
North American Council