The Museum of the History of Polish Jews opens Friday in Warsaw, partly funded by the Polish government. It’s located in the area that was once the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, in what was Nazi-occupied Europe.
The museum aims not just to provide education about the history of Polish Jews, but to dispel any lingering anti-Semitism seven decades after the Holocaust. It also celebrates the rich traditions and culture of Jews from Warsaw, the capital of Poland, once one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe.
"I want this museum to be a museum of life, not a museum of death," Andrzej Cudak, acting head of the museum, told Reuters.
The museum’s opening marks the date, 70 years ago to the day, of a Jewish uprising against German troops that took place in the ghetto.