POLIN Museum Has New Executive Director

Jan Meisels Allen

As reported previously, Poland’s Culture Minister refused to sign off on the Museum’s previous director from 2014-2019.

Dariuz Stola, although he won a competition for the second term. To finally move forward the museum board, donors and other partners agreed to support Mr. Stola’s former deputy and current acting director, Zygmunt Stepinski, as the new museum director. Now Poland’s Culture Ministry approved naming former deputy director Zygmunt Stepinski to a three-year term as director.

The culture ministry was at times unhappy with the way Stola ran the museum.

An exhibition about the 1968 “anti-Zionist campaign” orchestrated by the ruling communists that pushed Jews out of their jobs and drove many out of the country, for example, was particularly unpopular with the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS).

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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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