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Gallery 8: Postwar Years, 1944 to the present

Although one does not have to be religious in order to be Jewish, “Each one of us has had religious ancestors,” remarked one woman. In a series of video interviews, Jews in Poland answer the question: “What does it mean to be a Jew in Poland?” Religious life, which had been marginalized during the communist period, showed small signs of renewal during the late 1980s. Today, Jews in Poland can join Orthodox and progressive congregations. Even those who do not consider religion important may celebrate Jewish holidays with family and friends.