Polish Jewish museum, Warsaw community bury hatchet in bid for unity


(JTA) — The Jewish community of Warsaw and Poland’s main Jewish museum resolved their legal dispute over copyright in a bid for unity between two of Poland’s most prominent Jewish institutions, the groups said in a joint statement.

The statement last week follows a lawsuit filed in 2016 by the community against the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which opened in Warsaw in 2014. The suit concerned translations by Anna Cialowicz and Aleksandra Geller of four fragments of historical Yiddish articles published on the community’s website that were then posted on the museum website.

The community sued to have the museum remove the fragments from its website, pay the Warsaw Jewish community $7,500 and issue a written apology. It dropped the suit last month and currently has no outstanding legal disputes with the museum, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, the chief rabbi of Poland, told JTA.

“The museum appreciates the community’s many efforts to preserve the Jewish material heritage and the community has welcomed the museum’s success as a leading institution for Jewish history in Europe,” the joint statement reads. “Our common goal is not only the education, but also building secure and hospitable environment where Jewish life in Warsaw can flourish again.”

Poland has some 20,000 Jews, according to Schudrich. Its fractious community has seen many fights, including in court, over budgets, titles and honors.

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