2014 Irena Sendler Memorial Award Honors Two Polish Activists

17 Jun 2014 10:44 AM | Anonymous

2014 Irena Sendler Memorial Award Honors Two Polish Activists


This July, Taube Philanthropies will honor the author of a banned book on Jewish life that U.S. diplomats helped her smuggle out of communist Poland and a theater director, who shook off neo-Nazi attacks to revive Jewish life in Lublin, with its 2014 Irena Sendler Memorial Award.


The prize, named for a Catholic Pole who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation, will be presented at the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, Poland on July 4, 2014.


Honoree, Małgorzata Niezabitowska, is the award-winning co-author with her photographer husband Tomasz Tomaszewski of Remnants – The Last Jews of Poland, one of the first books to recognize and explore contemporary Jewish life in Poland, Solidarity activist, and a Council Member of the award-winning Museum of the History of Polish Jews, whose core exhibition opens in October in Warsaw. National Geographic published a cover story about Remnants in September 1986, when Niezabitowska was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard; but until now, she has never publicly told the story of how the manuscript was smuggled out.

Her fellow recipient is Tomasz Pietrasiewicz, founder and director of the highly acclaimed Grodzka Gate Theatre Center in Lublin. When neo-Nazis attacked his apartment with swastika-painted bricks, he pledged to continue to commemorate and educate about Lublin's rich Jewish heritage through the arts.

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