Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute

As one of the foremost institutions researching Eastern and Central European Jewish history, the mission of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is to spread knowledge about the heritage of the thousand years of Jewish presence in the Polish lands. The institute is home to the largest archival collection on the topic. Its most precious holding is the remnants of the Warsaw ghetto’s underground archive .

Due to Poland’s complex history and vast Jewish-related archival holdings, the Yerusha grant focusing on this country requires increasingly careful project planning. The aim of this pilot is to set up a team of experts, develop an appropriate methodology and define the targeted collections and finding aids, i.e. archival inventories, lists and guides.  The project will carry out research in four document groups reflecting their respective regions, topics and eras – the early modern collections of the Kraków Wawel Castle State Archives, Jewish records in the Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw), materials of the state authorities in the Warsaw Central Archives of Historical Records, and German sources held by the Wroclaw State Archive. The project is envisioned to be the first phase of incorporating Polish materials into Yerusha.    

The project is led by Marcin Wodziński, professor of Jewish history and literature at the University of Wrocław,  Poland. His fields of interest are Jewish material culture and the social history of Jews in 19th-century Eastern Europe, especially the history of Hasidism and Haskalah. His books include: Hebrew Inscriptions in Silesia 13th-18th c. (1996); Bibliography on the History of Silesian  Jewry II (2004), Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: A History of Conflict (2005); and Hasidism and Politics: The Kingdom of Poland, 1815-1864 (2013).