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Sold Out! Opening Preview of The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto

Date(s) - Thursday, January 23rd
7:00 pm CST - 9:00 pm CST

Jewish Museum Milwaukee



“I’m laughing at the entire world – I, a poor Jewish girl from the ghetto – I, who don’t know what will happen to me tomorrow…I’m laughing at the entire world because I have a support: my Faith, because I believe!” – Rywka Lipszyc, Litzmannstadt Ghetto

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp, Jewish Museum is honored to exhibit The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto, on loan from the Galicia Museum in Kraków, Poland.

In 1945 a Soviet doctor found a school notebook in the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. It was a diary written by teenager Rywka Lipszyc in the Łódź Ghetto – the testament of a young girl who lost her siblings and parents, but never lost hope.  More than seventy years later Rywka’s recounting of daily life in brutal conditions and coming of age amid unimaginable atrocity was brought to light. Through words given voice, contemporary interpretations, photographs, and historical and intimate artifacts, this exhibit bears witness to the personal dimensions of the Holocaust.

Join Jakub Nowakowski, Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków where the exhibit was first created and displayed, to hear about the creation and history of The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto.

  • 6:45 pm Doors Open
  • 7:30 pm Presentation by Jakub Nowakowski, Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, Poland
  • Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer 
  • Timed exhibit tours

Museum Members $18 | Nonmembers $25 
RSVP by Friday, January 17 

About Jakub Nowakowski 
Jakub Nowakowski was born and raised in Kazimierz, the former Jewish district of Kraków. Coming from a non-Jewish family that lived in Kazimierz for generations, from an early age he was compelled to research the history of his neighborhood.

In 2007 he graduated from the Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University,  where he wrote a thesis on Jewish resistance in Kraków during the Second World War. 

His interest in Jewish history and Polish-Jewish relations led him to become a student volunteer and a member of Polish-American-Jewish Alliance for Youth Action (PAJA). The goal of the organization was to create opportunities for dialogue between young Poles, Jews and Americans.

In 2005 Nowakowski joined the staff of the newly open (2004) Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków. In 2006 he joined the Museum’s Education Department, and in 2008 he became its manager. In 2010, after an international competition, Nowakowski was appointed the Galicia Jewish Museum’s director.

Jakub Nowakowski is the co-author of Museum publications (among others): Poland: A Jewish Matter. Proceedings of a symposium exploring contemporary Jewish life in Poland, marking the close of Jewish programming for Polska! Year. He is also a curator of the Museum exhibitions (among other): Fighting for Dignity. Jewish Resistance in KrakówA City Not Forgotten. Memories of Jewish Lwów and the HolocaustThe Girl in the Diary. Searching for Rywka from Łódź GhettoThe exhibitions he has curated have been presented in Poland and internationally.

In his roles as Education Director and later, Museum Director, he has given presentations and lectures in Poland, USA, UK, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Spain, Netherlands, Ukraine, Hungary and South Africa, gaining recognition for his knowledge, passion and unique insider’s perspective on Polish-Jewish relations in contemporary Poland.

Thank you to our generous donors: Koret Foundation, Anonymous Individual, Bader Philanthropies, Harri Hoffmann Foundation, Anonymous Foundation, Bernard and Robin Cohen, Richard and Nina Edelman, Suzy Ettinger*, Holocaust Education Resource Center, Werner L Loewenstein Memorial Endowment*, Jeffrey M. & Jody E. Steren*, Teen Philanthropy a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Jewish Studies Program
(*Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation)

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