A HISTORICAL JOURNEY TO THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL (PL/EN)02.07.2023 - 16:00 / Festival Tent, ul. Józefa 36
A HISTORICAL JOURNEY TO THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL – A unique meeting with Konstanty Gebert!
The JCFA, the ELNET-Poland Foundation and Agora Publishing House have the honour to invite the participants of the Festival to a unique meeting.
Israel is celebrating its 75th anniversary, deeply divided internally as never before in its history, although at the same time, paradoxically, its external relations have never looked better. In his latest book “Peace with a view of the war. 75 years of Israel“*, Konstanty Gebert describes how this situation came about – he begins half a century before the state was established, with the birth of the Zionist movement, and its not-so-successful struggle to convince the Jews to return to the Land of Israel, he tells the story of why the UN approved the establishment in Palestine of two states: Jewish and Arab, and how the new state of Israel was proclaimed on 14 May 1948 and attacked by the armies of five Arab countries on that very day.
For a small country in Asia, Israel occupies a disproportionate amount of space in the minds of people around the world. Why is it so? Maybe since God’s promise to Abraham resulted in the emergence of Judaism and then also Christianity and Islam as derivative religions, Promised Land simply cannot be boring?
Too Promised Land is the first Polish-language podcast about Israel. Konstanty Gebert, the author, tells the story, describes the society, from the “multicoloured crowd” through diasporic identities to contemporary disputes on who is a Jew.
During the meeting at the Festival he will talk about the Polish roots of Israel together with a special guest – Patrycja Dołowy.
Those present at the meeting held at Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków will have a unique opportunity to take part in the recording of the latest episode made for the first time with the participation of the audience!
Too Promised Land Podcast has been made in cooperation with the ELNET Foundation, a non-governmental organization whose goal is to foster relations between Europe and Israel based on common needs and democratic values.
Konstanty Gebert – one of the most outstanding Jewish journalists, author of numerous books, long-term collaborator of Gazeta Wyborcza daily and Midrasz monthly. He was guest lecturer at the most prominent universities in Poland and abroad. Author of the book Final Solutions. Genocide perpetrators and their work, for which he received Beata Pawlak 2022 Award and the Klio Award.
Patrycja Dołowy – writer, promoter of science and art, social activist, doctor of natural sciences by education and visual artist. She is the director of the Jewish Community Centre Warsaw and lectures at the Faculty of Artes Liberales at the University of Warsaw. She writes for the press, for art and cultural magazines. She is the author of I’ll Be Back When You’re Asleep. Interviews with Children of the Holocaust (Czarne 2019, awarded Warsaw Literary Premiere for the book of August 2019), Treasures. Seekers and Guardians of Jewish Memory (Czarne 2022), co-author of I Won’t Leave Them Behind. On Jewish Nannies during the War (Czarne 2018) and A Matter of Character. Women Fighters from the Warsaw Ghetto (Czarne 2023).
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